New Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka’s game is sufficiently multifaceted that no Arsenal midfielder can consider their starting spot safe ahead of 2016/17.
Having cost the Gunners a fee believed to be in the region of £38m, the Switzerland international will have to have seriously pulled the wool over his new club’s eyes not to assume a starting position upon arrival in north London.
Central midfielders Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin are all likely to be competing for one place alongside him next season.
Santi Cazorla too looks under threat, having made all bar one of his Premier League starts as the playmaking part of a midfield two in 2015/16.
The Spaniard is the sole operator among that quintet to average more passes per game than Xhaka in the domestic campaign just concluded.
However, the Swiss 23-year-old has been equally integral to the club he has just departed in terms of his ball-winning abilities, finishing the season with the best average interceptions per game and joint-best tackles mean.
As such he amounts to a more well-rounded tool than either Francis Coquelin, who owes his recent status to his defensive contribution or Mohamed Elneny, for whom the blood and thunder stuff doesn’t seem to come naturally.
If there is one way that Arsene Wenger’s men can make themselves indispensible to their manager even after the arrival of the new signing then it is by scoring and creating goals.
Xhaka netted a meagre three times in the Bundesliga last term and created only one further strike for his teammates, while he has bagged just 12 times in senior club games during his entire career to date.
This an area in which both Wilshere and Ramsey in particular will have high hopes of proving more prolific, with the latter scoring five times and setting up a further four goals in the 2015/16 Premier League.