Arsenal's Granit Xhaka
Not only did Arsenal lose 4-3 at home to Premier League rivals Liverpool on the opening day, but their £35m star signing Granit Xhaka looked well off the pace on his debut.
The Switzerland international committed more fouls (4) than any other player in the Premier League this weekend despite only playing the final 23 minutes of the Gunners' opening day defeat.
And that unwanted stat is made worse by the fact that Xhaka, who has a reputation for his tough tackling approach, didn't successfully complete a tackle during his brief stint on the field and picked up a booking in the process.
|Position||Team||Passing Accuracy||Won Tackle||Interception Won||Ball Recovery||Touches||Fouls||Mins Played|
Arsenal did take a first-half lead through Theo Walcott who atoned for his earlier penalty miss before Philippe Coutinho levelled things up with a stunning 30-yard free-kick just before half-time.
The second half saw the visitors run away with the game as Adam Lallana, Coutinho put Liverpool 3-1 ahead before the hour mark.
Then another debutant in Sadio Mane produced a excellent solo effort to make it 4-1 before Xhaka was even introduced.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers pulled two back for the Gunners but Xhaka's introduction off the bench ultimately slowed the game down as his persistent fouling frustrated the home support as Liverpool hung on for the three points.
Xhaka was named on the bench for the Premier League opener
Xhaka signed from Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the summer and the 23-year-old's final season at the German outfit saw him pick up three red cards prior to his North London move.
Without offering much in the way of goals or assists, Xhaka will have to get to grips with Premier League life quickly in order to justify his hefty price tag.
Switzerland's Granit Xhaka in action with Albania's Taulant Xhaka
But at the moment it seems as though some Arsenal fans were not too pleased with their new signing so far either:
xhaka is so heavy footed man— ㅤ (@yaanuzaj) August 15, 2016
Also thought that Xhaka looked off the pace of the game when he came on yesterday. I'd assume he didn't start cause he's not up to speed yet— Arsenal Supprters (@ArsenalFansChat) August 15, 2016
How did Xhaka commit so many fouls tho— Lucid Passanger (@jocollections69) August 15, 2016
Also how shocking was xhaka when he came on. Guy has no discipline. Wtf we r such a mess.— Hamza (@Hamzaahmed01) August 15, 2016
Xhaka is not having a good day— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) August 14, 2016
Xhaka signed from Borussia Monchengladbach for a reported £35m