Granit Xhaka’s unlikely ability on the training ground that leaves young Arsenal keeper ‘fearful’

The Switzerland international is arguably one of the most controversial characters in Arsenal’s recent history when it comes to fan perceptions

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arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo has admitted he is “scared” of Granite Xhakas Shooting power when he has to play against the midfielder in training.

The Swiss’s ability to hit the ball clean was shown last weekend when he scored a goal at home against their top four rivals Manchester United. Xhaka’s goal came at a time when the Gunners were under pressure and trying to defend their 2-1 lead against the Red Devils.

The 29-year-old stepped up when his side needed him most, delivering a thunderous punch past the desperate jump David deGaa With the kind of power that Okonkwo has conceded, trying to quit can be quite daunting. Long-distance hitting is a rarity in the Emirates, but Xhaka is one of the few players Mikel Artetas Page that has this trait in their armory.

Pressed who has the strongest punch in the arsenal team, said Okonkwo Goal : “The hardest shot? Eddie Nketiah can hit the ball. Granite [Xhaka] also. He doesn’t craft much so I always forget him, but when he does you know! I’d say those are the people to fear in training.” Xhaka is hardly known for his finishing skills, but powerful long-range shooting has become something of a trademark.

The young Gunners shot-stopper found it incredibly difficult to get first-team minutes and his only senior appearances to date have been in pre-season friendlies. First-choice goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and his deputy Bernd Leno are ahead of Okonkwo in the Emirates’ pecking order.

Xhaka, on the other hand, has had one of the most turbulent relationships ever First League The Switzerland international had never worked with his own fans since joining the Gunners in the summer of 2016. After being taunted by the Emirates for leaving in 2019, the Switzerland international seems to have come full circle in the eyes of the Arsenal fanbase.

Granit Xhaka has become known for its long-distance missions

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The midfielder himself has recently revealed his complicated relationship with Arsenal loyalists, admitting that most of the criticism directed at him these days has come online rather than in the stands.

Speak with The Players’ Stand, Xhaka claimed: “Of course it’s quiet when we win. But as soon as we lose a few games, the same critics will be back. That’s how football works. But I won’t change for a guy hiding behind a keyboard. No chance. It’s a little weird because in real life nobody’s ever said to me, ‘You’re sh*t.’ Never.”

Xhaka appeared on the verge of leaving Arsenal on several occasions but was convinced to stay with Arteta, who clearly sees him as an extremely important person.

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