Jamie Redknapp fears in-form Arsenal star Granit Xhaka will be exposed against Man Utd

Granit Xhaka has been in excellent form over the course of Arsenal's recent winning run
Granit Xhaka has been in excellent form over the course of Arsenal’s recent winning run (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Redknapp fears Granit Xhaka’s renaissance won’t last and believes the Arsenal midfielder could be exposed by Manchester United’s midfield during Saturday’s heavyweight Premier League showdown.

Xhaka worked hard to rebuild his reputation following his spectacular demise last season when he lost the captaincy following a bust-up with his own fans.

The Switzerland international subsequently emerged as one of the key figures in Mikel Arteta’s rebuilding project but lost much of the goodwill he had earned with a needless sending-off after a typical rush of blood to the head during November’s defeat to Burnley.

Xhaka returned immediately to the side after serving a three-game ban and has again been instrumental in Arsenal’s run of five wins from their last six Premier League matches which has lifted them back into top four contention.

The Gunners face an acid test of their improvement against United tomorrow and although Redknapp has been impressed by Xhaka of late, her fears his old deficiencies could prove decisive to the outcome of the match.

Granit Xhaka's goal against Chelsea helped spark Arsenal's recent return to form
Granit Xhaka’s goal against Chelsea helped spark Arsenal’s recent return to form (Picture: Getty)

He told Sky Sports: ‘Senior players have been a lot better. I was heavily critical of them when they were losing games.

‘I still believe one or two of them turn it on when they want. There’s other times when you look at them and think they fancy this game.

‘Right now there are some senior players who are playing well. Xhaka is a player I’ve been really critical of, but his form has been great.

‘Will he keep it going? I’m not convinced because you know he’s always capable of a red card or a rash challenge that’s going to cost his team.

‘Especially in games where he plays against quick midfielders. His lac of pace really affects that midfield area.’

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