Granit Xhaka could have turned 27 and been named Arsenal captain this week however Paul Ince stays a doubter of the Swiss midfielder’s talents.
Xhaka arrived at Arsenal in 2016 and can make his 140th look in all competitions in opposition to Manchester United on Monday evening at Old Trafford.
But the Switzerland and now Arsenal skipper typically divides opinion and Ince has admitted that watching the Gunners has made him need to lace up his boots once more.
‘I’d like to play in opposition to this Arsenal midfield, completely find it irresistible,’ Ince instructed the Mirror.
‘And if you asked Roy Keane, he’d find it irresistible, as a result of as a lot as they’re technically excellent gamers, they lack energy, they lack energy.
‘Dani Ceballos looks a very good player but I don’t understand Granit Xhaka. I don’t understand why he plays every week.
‘I don’t see what he brings to Arsenal. Yes, he’ll shoot from 25 yards, and the odd one may go in, however the remainder will in all probability go in row Z.
‘And Matteo Guendouzi is still young, so that midfield you could probably get at.’
However, Ince doesn’t suppose that United have the personnel out there to them to do what he and Keane might need been capable of of their heyday.
But he additionally thinks that United have larger issues than a mere lack of aggressive midfielders.
‘What United need is a goalscorer,’ Ince added.
‘Manchester City have Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, Tottenham have Harry Kane, Arsenal have Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – and I just don’t see that with Manchester United.
‘You should have somebody who will rating 20, 25 objectives a season.
‘They lost so many goals when they sold Romelu Lukaku – and they just haven’t changed them.’