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Stats reveal how Mikel Arteta may regret selling former Arsenal star this summer

Stats reveal how Mikel Arteta may regret selling former Arsenal star this summer

Bayer Leverkusen has emerged as one of the top-performing teams in Europe this season under the guidance of Xabi Alonso, and a crucial player in their success has been former Arsenal player Granit Xhaka.

Currently leading the Bundesliga and topping their Europa League group, Leverkusen has only drawn one match this season.

Granit Xhaka has played a pivotal role in their success, a fact supported by statistics. According to Fabrizio Romano, the midfielder has executed more final third passes (127) and more progressive passes (119) than any other player in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season.

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Xhaka, who was instrumental in Arsenal’s Premier League title pursuit last season, has raised questions about whether Arsenal manager Arteta made a mistake by selling the 31-year-old during the summer, especially given Arsenal’s comparatively weaker performance this campaign.

While Arsenal’s season hasn’t been a complete disaster, Arteta’s team hasn’t been as convincing as in the previous term, with several factors contributing to this, including significant injuries.

One notable absence impacting their performance is Granit Xhaka, who played a crucial role last season, contributing seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League.

Although Declan Rice has proven to be an excellent replacement for the experienced midfielder, the other players in Arsenal’s midfield are yet to fill the void left by Xhaka’s departure.

Stats reveal how Mikel Arteta may regret selling former Arsenal star this summer

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