After a mixed first season in English football, Granit Xhaka is primed to play a major part next season.
In an ideal world, Wenger would have had time to bed Xhaka into the Arsenal team. His plan was presumably to slowly introduce the Switzerland international with Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin holding the fort in the midfield.
Instead, injuries to Cazorla and Ramsey forced Wenger to throw Xhaka in at the deep end. Initially he struggled with the pace of the game, while his reckless tackling also left him open to censure from referees.
However, that period of adaptation appears to be over. By the end of last season, Xhaka was revelling in his deep-lying playmaker role. Another man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea suggests he is primed to make a massive impact in 2017/18.
Although he is a powerful player,Xhaka tends to control the midfield with his outrageous range of passing. Few can match his ability to pick out his team-mates withperfectly clipped passes from inside his own half.
Midfield was a huge problem for Arsenal last season. However, Xhaka looks ready to be the solution.