After making a £35 million move to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach before the European Championship, Granit Xhaka was tipped to make a huge impact on arrival in London.
Gunners fans watched on in the summer as a string of impressive performances for Switzerland left them wondering if he was the man to finally end their long wait for a Premier League title.
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So after such a big money move from Germany it is mystifying that the 24-year-old has completed 90 minutes on just two occasions so far this campaign.
Arsene Wenger puts that down to Xhaka needing time to adapt to the rigors of England’s top division.
“He needs to adapt to the way we play and the tactical pace of the English game,” Wenger said in a pre-match press conference, as reported by The Guardian.
“I am confident he will do very well.”
With just five league starts and four appearances off the bench it has been a frustrating period for the Swiss international, with his only moment of magic coming against Hull City where he fired home a brilliant strike.
His boss feels that his position is more of a deeper lying midfielder and that could be the reason behind his lack of game time.
“He’s more a deep playmaker I think than a box-to-box player. He does not get into the final third of the opposition half a lot,” continued the Arsenal boss.
“He is more a guy who has a fantastic pass to play through the lines. He gets the ball from the defenders and finds the high midfield.”
Having been left out of key clashes against Manchester United and Paris Saint-German will have dented his confidence, with Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny instead preferred to replace the injured Santi Cazorla.
With such a big price tag fans at the Emirates Stadium will have been expecting to see a lot more of their summer signing, and whether they get to see him in action against Bournemouth on Sunday is yet to be confirmed.