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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Granit Xhaka has a long way to go before he can reach Patrick Viera’s status at Arsenal.
Xhaka who joined the club from Borussia Monchengladbach in May has been tipped to become a great player for the club with some fans already dubbing him the next Viera but Parlour believes Xhaka has a tough task ahead if he is to step into Viera’s shoes.
“Patrick was a magnificent player, what he had was that presence and that’s what Xhaka will need to show,” Parlour said, as quoted by Fourfourtwo.
“But it doesn’t help to compare him to someone like Patrick before he’s even played. I don’t think you can make a judgement on him yet, but he looks a good player so far with the national team.
“Let’s give him 15-20 games in the Premier League, they’re tough games. He might not be used to that. So let’s save our judgement until then.
“He’s showing signs of being an excellent player but when the pressure’s on, when you need to go to Stoke away, when you need to make that extra tackle can he do it?
“He can get his foot in but he might have to watch that in the Premier League. We’ll have to wait to see how he deals with the crunch of the Premier League but he’s done it with Switzerland and Borussia Monchengladbach.”
“I’d like to judge him on the proper games, when he’s going to have to step up or dig in,” he said.
“The team needs a bit of passion maybe and at the moment he looks like he could do that, so I think he could be an excellent signing for Arsenal.
“I hope so for Arsenal’s sake, at the moment the signs look very good. I like what I’ve seen so far. I think Xhaka’s very good, he’s very efficient on the ball.”
Xhaka is in line to make his competitive debut for Arsenal in the club’s first game of the season against Liverpool on Sunday.