Arsenal: Ian Wright changes tune on star who ‘nearly made him cry’ after Brentford victory | Football | Sport
In December 2020, Wright revealed that a stat involving Xhaka and defender Gabriel Magalhaes that summed up Arsenal’s ‘negative’ playing style nearly made him ‘burst into tears’.
Wright said on the Kelly and Wrighty Show: “I think Xhaka at the moment has kind of reverted to type, it’s very negative, this is why we’re getting this stat of 58 passes per shot. We’re passing [too much].
“You’ve got midfielders who are not willing to take the chance of putting it in there, and they want to get these stats where they’re passing it sideways and they’ve got 99 per-cent pass accuracy, passing it five yards to the side.
“If you’re not taking chances, you’re not going to create anything. I think one of the stats the other day was the most interaction between two Arsenal players was Xhaka back to Gabriel – it nearly made me burst into tears!”