‘A lot of people started talking’ – Xhaka happy to silence his Arsenal critics following Chelsea display,
The Gunners midfielder returned to the aspect following his three-match suspension and scored within the 3-1 win in opposition to Chelsea
Granit Xhaka was happy to silence his critics with his goalscoring efficiency throughout Arsenal’s 3-1 victory in opposition to Chelsea on Boxing Day.
The Switzerland worldwide was taking part in his first sport since his sending off in opposition to Burnley on December 13 and marked the event with a powerful efficiency as Arsenal claimed their first win in seven Premier League video games.
Xhaka curled house an exquisite free-kick simply earlier than half-time to add to Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and drew reward from supervisor Mikel Arteta for his all-spherical display within the coronary heart of midfield.
It was the right response from the 28-12 months-previous, who has are available for tons of criticism in latest weeks following his crimson card in opposition to Burnley and his failure to publicly apologise for the incident which led to a 1-0 house defeat.
“There was a lot of talking after the crimson card,” Xhaka mentioned. “A lot of people started talking once more … and time and again.
“I’ll all the time present my character. I used to be very upset about my crimson card and I knew what I did was mistaken for my aspect. However I’m greater than happy. I helped the workforce and I’m again.”
Xhaka added: “We knew it could be a really troublesome sport, however we labored very properly collectively like a workforce and in the intervening time we will solely get factors if we do that.
“We carried out the plan that the coach gave us. To press, to be targeted 95 minutes. We scored on the proper time and going 3-0 up helped a lot.”
Arsenal’s win in opposition to Chelsea noticed them transfer up to 14th within the Premier League and edge six factors clear of the relegation zone.
The victory was their first within the league because the 1-0 success at Manchester United on November 1 and it helped ease the stress on Arteta, who had come below fireplace for his aspect’s terrible run of type.
Arteta’s aspect now head into two essential away video games at Brighton and West Brom and Xhaka says the win in opposition to Chelsea will rely for little in the event that they don’t comply with it up.
“It was essential that we obtained three factors [against Chelsea] however we’ve to proceed like this,” he mentioned.
“The following two video games away are very troublesome but when we work collectively like a workforce we’ve the possibility to take away all six factors.”