Granit Xhaka’s chaotic Arsenal journey ends in fitting style

Granit Xhaka’s chaotic Arsenal journey ends in fitting style

Mikel Arteta wouldn’t verify that Xhaka is leaving, however did say: “He has had an unbelievable season. One 12 months again I spoke to him and informed him: ‘there’s a query mark on you, you must ship extra, you must be higher, I’m going to problem you to play right here.’ 

“He went again and I believe he began to coach the subsequent day. He got here again in pre-season 4 kilos much less, match, and actually keen to do it. He has been distinctive. I’m so completely happy all people is appreciating what he has completed.”

It’s a measure of Xhaka’s resilience, and his significance to Arteta over the previous three years, that he acquired such an enthusiastic send-off on this final-day stroll previous a disinterested Wolves. 

The Swiss midfielder’s tune was the primary to be sung by the house supporters and people cheers solely grew to become louder when he struck the early opener. It was a uncommon header, from an correct Gabriel Jesus cross, and it was adopted by a celebration which carried clear emotional significance. 

Extra was to comply with simply three minutes later, when Martin Odegaard’s tried flick was diverted into Xhaka’s path. This time he celebrated by the dugout, the place long-time team-mate Mohamed Elneny (presently injured) was ready for a hug.

Remarkably, Xhaka might even have scored a first-half hat-trick. Maybe realizing how foolish that may have been, he sliced horribly vast.

For the remainder of the afternoon, nearly each one among Xhaka’s touches was greeted with cries of “shoot” from the house supporters. He resisted the urge, as a substitute permitting his team-mates to hitch him on the scoresheet for this drubbing of Wolves.

Julen Lopetegui’s facet have lengthy since checked out of this marketing campaign. Bukayo Saka scored Arsenal’s third by chopping inside and curling into the far nook, earlier than Jesus added the fourth with a back-post header, from Leandro Trossard’s cross, after the break.

New signing Jakub Kiwior made it 5 with round 10 minutes to play, as he transformed a half-cleared set piece, however the second to savour within the second half was Xhaka’s substitution. The Emirates Stadium rose as one to salute the departing midfielder, and lots of followers even pleaded for him to remain, which actually was the last word proof of how far he has come on his wild journey on the membership. 


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