Following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League early this week, the North London side return to Premier league action tomorrow afternoon, where they will face off against newly-promoted side Hull City.
Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has lavished midfield duo Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka with praise, however the 66-year-old Frenchman has called for patience regarding the £35million summer addition from Borussia Mönchengladbach, who has only started for Arsenal twice.
In quotes carried by Sky Sports, Wenger said:
“Every week he [Xhaka] is stronger and better. I think he will play a big part, he has the stature, the power the strength. Many players it took some time to get into the team, it happens.
“Look, in one or two occasions [he struggled]. I think he has adapted quite well. His physical strength and power allows him to pretend to play straight away.
“I prefer him as a box-to-box player. He has the engine to have an impact with his runs. He is highly focused.
“Elneny as well, both of them are focused and top, top quality.”
Having spent £35million on the Swiss International in the summer, Arsenal fans have been left confused by the lack of game time the summer addition has received, with Xhaka yet to dislodge Wenger’s preferred central midfield pairing of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin.
However with Welsh International Aaron Ramsey absent through injury, and Cazorla and Coquelin having played twice in the last week, Xhaka will be hopeful of making an appearance at the KCOM stadium tomorrow.
Two players who may not be appearing tomorrow are attacking duo Theo Walcott, who picked up a knock earlier in the week, and Oliver Giroud, who was sent off in midweek following an incident with PSG midfielder Marco Veratti.
“Walcott could be back in the squad. He will be assessed.
“Olivier Giroud has a knock on Tuesday night, I have to check if he is alright. He has been a bit behind fitness-wise. He’s slowly getting there.”
Nonetheless Arsenal will be confident of picking up 3 points, with five victories from their last five visits to the KCOM, Arsenal seem to enjoy going to Hull and back.