Former Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to drop midfielder Granit Xhaka for Sunday's home Premier League match against Aston Villa.
Xhaka, who has started four of Arsenal's Premier League matches is in the line to be named the club's captain. The 24-year-old has been poor in the recent matches and was slammed following Arsenal's 2-2 draw with rivals Tottenham as he gave away a penalty. He has featured for the Gunners for 90 minutes as the club drew with Watford 2-2 and also 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League. And former Arsenal striker Nicholas says Emery should consider dropping the midfielder adding that he wants to see more from record singing Nicholas Pepe.
"Where do I start with Arsenal? They must get more from Nicolas Pepe and he must be match fit now," he wrote in his Sky Sports predictions.
"Pepe needs to use his trickery and pace to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Unai Emery must stick with Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock. How can you make sense of the defence? I don't know who will partner David Luiz."
"It doesn't matter whether there are one or two midfielders protecting the back four and I think it is time to leave Granit Xhaka out of the side."
"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. 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."
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