Why you can’t compare Xhaka with Kante – Wenger


Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has said it is wrong to compare Granit Xhaka and N’Golo Kante, as they are different players.

Xhaka and Kante have had contrasting seasons, following their big-money moves to Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

Wenger himself has been criticized for snubbing Kante who cost the Blues £30m, to pay £5m more for Xhaka.

But the Frenchman said: “They are different type of players. Xhaka is more in the distribution of the pass through the lines and Kante is more the ball winner with the real technique to steal the ball without making the foul.

“You should compare Kante with Francis Coquelin more than with Xhaka.”

Wenger also insisted that Xhaka, who has been booked in each of his last five matches, is being singled out by referees.

He said: “He is now in a position where on the first foul he gets a yellow card. For example on Saturday, first foul, soft yellow card.

“So he is a victim a little bit of his reputation. You see tackles of some players who are much worse than what he did who don’t even get a yellow card and he got a straight red and because he had a history of that in Germany.

“Before he was maybe before looking too much to impress a little but overall he has to stay on the ground because it is tackling that can get him sent off.

“When he defends well, staying on his feet he is a fair player.”


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