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GW14 Differentials: Granit Xhaka

By The Scout 25 Oct 2022
Granit Xhaka, Arsenal

The Scout on why the Arsenal midfielder has already doubled his goal involvement from last season

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Granit Xhaka (ARS) £5.1m

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Xhaka has benefited from a more advanced role for Arsenal this term and has scored in each of their last two matches in all competitions.

That includes a goal and a 10-point haul against Southampton last weekend.

His strike at St Mary's Stadium means Xhaka has been involved in six league goals this season, scoring three and assisting three.

That is already double his involvement from either of the previous two campaigns, the Swiss producing one goal and two assists in both 2020/21 and 2021/22.

Increased output

The underlying numbers show why Xhaka has stepped up his output.

He has already been supplied with three big chances this season, compared with zero in the previous campaign.

Furthermore, Xhaka's nine shots in the box and four shots on target are already close to equalling his respective totals of 10 and five from 2021/22.

Forest, meanwhile, visit Emirates Stadium in poor away form.

On the road, they have conceded 69 shots in the box and 17 big chances, the third worst totals in the league.

Xhaka can help Arsenal exploit those frailties and deliver more attacking returns on Sunday.

Also in this series

Part 2: Diego Costa (WOL)
Part 3: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (EVE)
Part 4: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)

GW14 deadline: 11:00 BST, Sat 29 Oct

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