Granit Xhaka names no.1 difference between Xabi Alonso and Mikel Arteta

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Granit Xhaka names no.1 difference between Xabi Alonso and Mikel Arteta

Speaking to the PFA, Granit Xhaka said: "Mikel Arteta has his philosophy and that's it. To play always with a back four and never change to a back five for example, or never change like a 4-4-2 with two proper strikers.

"So you had this 4-3-3, with one six and two eights. Xabi Alonso is a little bit different. I think that Xabi can play a back four, but he can play as well a back five. He wants always two no.6s, not running everywhere and be in the position.

"But if you are a coach you need your own philosophy, your own tactics, your own ideas. Of course you can always change one or two but you can't change so many things about it you know?"

You can watch the exchange here:

Xhaka is currently starring for Xavi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, sitting at the top of the table after beating Bayern Munich 3–0 last week.

The former skipper is also studying for an UEFA coaching license so it's easy to imagine him coming back to Arsenal in some capacity in the near future.

AuthorGeorgy TzepkovskySourceThe PFA @ YouTube
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