Patrice Evra used Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports (broadcast on 21/10; 21:57) to outline his frustrations concerning Arsenal, insisting that he knows that some Gunners legends are fuming to see the Switzerland international as the club captain.
Unai Emery’s men missed the chance to return to third in the Premier League table on Monday. They were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United. And it appears that few Gunners fans have many complaints about the result after a lacklustre performance.
After the game, Evra expressed his dismay at the lack of progress that the side have made. And he illustrated his point by pointing out how important Guendouzi already is to Emery’s side, before hitting out at the decision to appoint Xhaka as captain.
“Guendouzi has been the best midfielder,” he told Sky Sports. “But he was playing in the second league in France and he was not playing regularly. And he’s the best player on this team.
“I know some legends, they are fuming when they see that Xhaka is the captain of Arsenal.”
In fairness to Guendouzi, he has stepped up since moving to the Emirates. And there may not be many Premier League sides who would turn down the chance to have the 20-year-old in their midfield right now.
However, Evra’s comments on Xhaka probably do reflect how a lot of supporters are feeling. He has attracted a lot of criticism during his time with the club. And he has provided plenty of ammunition for those who believe that he is a liability.
He is, of course, not solely to blame for Arsenal’s struggles. But perhaps it is not difficult to see why Evra believes that appointing the midfielder as captain is one of the reasons why the Gunners have not kicked on.