Who would have thought, Granit Xhaka is now an important player at Arsenal

49erssports.com - Granit Xhaka became the hero of Arsenal's victory against PSV Eindhoven. Former Gunners player Martin Keown was very impressed with Xhaka's performance.

Arsenal will face PSV Eindhoven in the postponed Europa League 2022/23 match, Friday (10/21/2022) early morning hrs. The Gunners won the match at the Emirates Stadium with a score of 1-0.

One goal was born from Granit Xhaka's measured kick in the 70th minute. He took advantage of a low cross from Takehiro Tomiyasu.

With this victory, Arsenal lead the standings in Group A with 12 points. The Gunners are also certain to qualify for the knockout phase.

Fan Favorite Player

Xhaka had previously been an enemy of Arsenal fans. However, Keown now sees Xhaka as a fan favorite after showing good performances on the pitch.

"Granit Xhaka is now an Arsenal fan favorite and who could have imagined that?" Keown told BT Sport.

Right Foot Goal

What's interesting is Xhaka's goal this time was made from his right foot. The Swiss midfielder includes very rarely scoring goals with the right foot.

"It's his right foot, he's never scored for Arsenal with his right foot," Keown continued.

Very Important for Arsenal

Now Xhaka has scored three goals and provided three assists for Arsenal this season. Keown believes Xhaka has an important role in Mikel Arteta's current Gunners squad.

"We know he had a difficult time at the club, but that's in the past and he's playing well now," added Keown.

"He is very important to Arsenal's success."

New Contract

Xhaka's contract with Arsenal will expire in the summer of 2024. Keown feels very confident that Xhaka will get a new contract if he manages to lead the club to win trophies.

"If they are successful and win trophies, he will get another contract."

List of Teams Qualified for Europa League Knock-out Stage

  • Fenerbahce
  • Freiburg
  • Real Betis
  • Real Sociedad
  • Rennes
  • Arsenal

Source: BBC 

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