Rio Ferdinand tells Arsenal to sign ‘mad’ Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze to replace Granit Xhaka
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 21, 2023 - 08:29AM
Eberechi Eze has 10 goal contributions for Crystal Palace so far this season (Photo: Getty)

has suggested that star Eberechi Eze would be a good replacement for Granit Xhaka at Arsenal.

Xhaka has enjoyed perhaps his best season with Arsenal since arriving at the Emirates in 2016, with five goals and five assists in the Premier League so far.

The central midfielder is a key part of Mikel Arteta’s side both on and off the pitch, having started all but one of their league games so far to help the Gunners in their unexpected title push.

All that said, the Swiss international is not perfect and with him turning 31 later this year, Arteta will start to look for his long-term replacement in the near-future and Ferdinand thinks Eze could be a good fit following his recent performances for the Eagles.

‘Smooth. If you’re talking about one of the smoothest ballers in the game, in the Premier League right now, Eze’s up there,’ the Manchester United legend said on the .

‘Mad player. He’s playing like he’s in the cage. Just smooth, man. He doesn’t seem fazed either. Every situation you put him in, he’s just calm.

‘And he’s in that position where he turns and faces up midfielders or defenders. He can go past people, slip people in and finish.

Granit Xhaka has been a key player for Arsenal (Photo: Getty)

‘He’s a player. Gareth Southgate, get him in there [the England squad]!

‘I just want to see him get more goals and assists. He’s started to add some goals recently and hopefully he can continue in that vein.

‘He’d be good at Arsenal, you know. In the [Granit] Xhaka position. In another year.’

Primarily an attacking midfielder, Eze can also play in a slightly deeper role and on the left-wing and has already scored seven and assisted three this season, despite not being a favourite of .

Roy Hodgson has restored the 24-year-old to the starting XI however, going to play a pivotal role in the victories over Leicester, Leeds and Southampton that have almost certainly secured his side’s place in the top-flight.

Yet to be capped for England, Eze spent five years at Arsenal’s academy but if the Gunners want him back they’ll have to spend big as Palace will want a significant profit on the player they splashed over £15million on in 2020.


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