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Charlie Nicholas wants Arsenal to drop Granit Xhaka from the team

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka passes the ball. (Getty Images)

Arsenal next face Aston Villa in the Premier League

Arsenal were impressive during their midweek Europa League clash against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Unai Emery put out a team with several youngsters and they did a great job by winning 3-0.

The Gunners will now turn their attention to the Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Sunday, and they need to return to winning ways.

Arsenal haven’t won their previous three Premier League games, and recently allowed Watford to comeback from being two goals down.

The second half performance by the Gunners was concerning given how fragile they were against the Hornets and former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas wanted more to come from some players (h/t Sky Sports):

“Where do I start with Arsenal? They must get more from Nicolas Pepe and he must be match fit now.

“Pepe needs to use his trickery and pace to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Unai Emery must stick with Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock.”

The Sky pundit was also concerned about the defence and claimed that the Gunners should drop Granit Xhaka:

“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.”

The Swiss star has captained the Gunners in some games this season, but his decision making has been awry in some games.

Granit Xhaka

Xhaka gave away a needless penalty against Tottenham, but the Gunners rescued a point against the rivals.

Defensive issues for the Gunners

While Xhaka has been a liability in several games for the Gunners, their defence is a major worry too.

David Luiz is a mistake waiting to happen on the pitch while his partner, Sokratis, hasn’t been all that great this season too.

Their attack might be one of the best in the Premier League but they have to tighten up the defence, especially against quality sides.

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Liverpool made them pay in their most recent meeting, but the Gunners should have enough in the tank to see off Villa at the Emirates.