Ian Wright names the Arsenal player he would play instead amid criticism of captain Granit Xhaka
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Unai Emery should play Dani Ceballos in midfield, after seeing captain Granit Xhaka booed by supporters during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
The Swiss international was substituted in the second half at the Emirates Stadium, with the Arsenal skipper gesturing towards supporters as he left the field, cupping his ears to the crowd before taking off his shirt and storming down the tunnel.
In addition, Wright said he felt Xhaka should apologise for his actions , with the former Arsenal striker speaking out about the Gunners captain during BBC programme Match of the Day 2.
However, he said it was not just Xhaka who should come in for criticism, with Wright picking apart the performance against the Eagles as he outlined the changes he felt were needed.
“You look at the amount of space. Are they closing down? Are they pressing? So much time and space,” he said, analysing the 2-2 draw against Palace.
“For me, it’s very confusing in respects what are they doing? Again there is too much time to turn, two passes and you’re into the penalty box.
“A cross comes in and David Luiz loses his man and they score. They are not defending properly as a team.
“You look at Granit Xhaka for me, he’s having a bad time in respects of what is going on. But when I am watching this I am not sure if he actually really wants the ball.
“I am feeling that his confidence is shot, is it because of the stick he is getting? There are a couple of incidents where you are thinking can he get the ball?
“I’d put someone like Dani Ceballos in this situation, simply because he wants the ball and he will be working harder to get it. When you look at the scarce amount of chances the strikers are getting.
“He [Xhaka] doesn’t seem to want the ball. You think to yourself, yes he may get taken off at some stage when you look at his contribution in the game. Here he is in a lot of space but he doesn’t seem to want the ball. ”