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Unai Emery must drop Granit Xhaka for Aston Villa clash, insists Charlie Nicholas

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Granit Xhaka has been below-par so far this season (Picture: Getty)
has been below-par to date this season (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal boss Unai Emery has no choice however to drop Granit Xhaka for Sunday’s conflict in opposition to Aston Villa.

The Swiss midfielder has are available in for fierce criticism to date this time period after placing in plenty of below-par performances.

Xhaka performed a full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-Zero win in opposition to Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday and Emery is predicted to clean up his facet for the go to of Villa.

Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi may each come again into the facet and Nicholas says it’s time for Xhaka to be dropped.

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Granit Xhaka's been below-par this season (Picture: Getty)
Granit Xhaka’s been below-par this season (Picture: Getty)

‘They must get more from Nicolas Pepe and he must be match fit now,’ stated Nicholas.

‘Pepe wants to make use of his trickery and tempo to assist Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Unai Emery must persist with Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock.

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‘How can you make sense of the defence? I don’t know who will accomplice David Luiz. It doesn’t matter whether or not there are one or two midfielders defending the again 4 and I believe it’s time to depart Granit Xhaka out of the facet.’

Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead in opposition to Watford of their final match.

Nicholas is anticipating loads of targets on the Emirates however says Arsenal have sufficient firepower to beat Villa.

‘There are a lot of goals for Arsenal at home. Dani Ceballos must play and Mesut Ozil too – they moved it around well last week,’ stated Nicholas.

‘I like Mateo Guendouzi but he is young, naïve and gets attracted to the ball. They need to sort themselves out in defence and if they are not good enough, you leave them out. Put Lucas Torreira in front of midfield.’

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