Garth Crooks has openly admitted that he doesn't like 'overly aggressive and altogether irritating' Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka – but knows he's a good player.
The former Tottenham midfielder turned BBC Sport pundit gave his honest thoughts regarding the Switzerland international while naming him in his Premier League team of the week.
Crooks admitted that he is no fan of the 29-year-old, despite praising his ability, while hinting at his clash with Arsenal supporters that has since been forgiven.
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Crooks wrote in his team of the week column: "I don't like Granit Xhaka. I find him confrontational, overly aggressive and altogether irritating.
"Nevertheless, on his day he's a very good player.
"He should have left Arsenal years ago. However, for some reason he has not only stayed at the club, but also occasionally wears the captain's armband, such is his popularity these days. Against Brentford he looked very impressive and so did Arsenal.
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"I would like to know why Brentford didn't look up for this game, but the Gunners were so good I rather suspect that even if they had it wouldn't have changed anything – Arsenal were that good. Most worrying."
The former Gunners skipper, who has won back the faith of fans by playing a key role under Mikel Arteta, admits he would have left if it wasn't for the manager.
Xhaka told Daily Star Sport of Arteta: "He is the guy why I'm still at this football club. All of the club know that.
"Three years ago I was gone. My suitcases were finished, I had a meeting and Mikel came. He wanted to hear my opinion of what happened. I explained to him, and I said to Mikel I remember this exactly, I said Mikel this had nothing to do with you.
"I never played with him of course I knew about him by name but not as a person. I said Mikel I'm gone I can't wear the shirt anymore. He said give me a chance for six months.
"He said if you're still not happy after six months I'm the guy to help you, not run away but you can leave. I said okay. I will stay for you."
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