Ian Wright has hailed Granit Xhaka for his role in Arsenal’s brilliant start to the season.
The Gunners enter the league’s international top with six wins from their opening seven matches, a world away from the situation a year ago when the campaign started with three straight defeats.
Xhaka has played all but two minutes in the Premier League this season, registering a goal and three assists as he relished the increased freedom of his midfield role for Mikel Arteta’s side.
The 29-year-old captained Arsenal in their comfortable win over Brentford and was impressive again, ensuring the Gunners enter the two-week break on a high.
Reflecting on Xhaka’s recent performances, the Arsenal legend Wright was full of praise and admitted the midfielder proved him wrong with the level and consistency of his performances.
“For me, Granit Xhaka is a player that we finally see playing the way he does for Switzerland,” Wright said in today’s game.
“He plays in a position that suits him, playing more offensively. He plays with real authority and confidence.
“Lately he’s been able to find some space and from there he can be very dangerous because, for me, he easily has one of the best left feet in the Premier League.
“He’s a great cross for Jesus’ goal, it’s fantastic. He can also do defensive stuff, he comes back and puts a foot in there.
“He set the tempo for Arsenal off the ball. I’m really happy for him because I was one of his biggest critics. But now we see the best of Granit Xhaka.