Yesterday saw Arsenal make the journey north to St James Park where they took on an out of sorts Newcastle United. The Gunners took all three points to make it nine points from their last three games and Granit Xhaka’s sublime free-kick was what got the ball rolling for Unai Emery’s side yesterday.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 15 September 2018
With a free-kick given in favour of the North London side around 25 yards out from the Newcastle goal a lot of fans were hoping they might see Lucas Torreira bag his first Arsenal goal. However, instead, the left-footed Xhaka stepped up to take and curled an absolute peach into the top corner. It was different to Xhaka’s usual style of smashing the ball past the keeper from range but it was certainly effective.
The Swiss international has come in for heavy criticism from a lot of Arsenal fans over the last couple of years but after Emery gave him a vote of confidence when he named the midfielder as one of his five captains before the season it seems like he’ll be a key figure for The Gunners. If he can keep scoring free-kicks it won’t be an issue but keeping his form up and adding goals to his game will be so important if he wants to win the fans back onside.
You can read the Arsenal fans’ verdict on Xhaka’s magic free-kick here:
Forget everything I said about you!
— LachieC8 (@LachieArsenal8) September 15, 2018
GWARN XHAKA . Hope this is the moment his season turns into a good one! #COYG
— Ali (@Ali_Givenchy) 15 September 2018
Better than Guendozi Torreira impact
— Thanos (@mahnkyle) 15 September 2018
Take a bow sonyou beauty
— Pranav Prabhu (@pranav_268) 15 September 2018
— Craig Warrington (@CraigWarrington) 15 September 2018
Fair play, what a hit!
— Shuaib Ahmed (@ShuaibA_8) September 15, 2018
— Jervas Hwenah (@HwenaJerv) September 15, 2018
The fans enjoyed Xhaka’s stunning strike but will be keen to see him keep up the level of performance going into their Europa League clash on Thursday.