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Granit Xhaka was selected to play out of position at centre-back by Unai Emery against Southampton this afternoon.
With Xhaka in a back three alongside Stephan Lichtsteiner and Laurent Koscielny Arsenal conceded twice in the first half from Danny Ings headers.
Injuries to a swathe of defenders had left Emery with little option in defence for the trip to St Mary’s Stadium.
On social media the choice to play Xhaka so far out of position proved to be the major talking point among some fans who were adamant that the Swiss player should be moved back to his more familiar midfield role.
The 26-year-old has played in other positions in the past and found himself part of a central defensive pairing in the second half after Emery changed formations.
One fan on social media described Xhaka in defence as a “wast of a jersey”, while another said that Emery’s original selection of a back three was “so wrong”.