Arsenal bagged a comfortable 4-0 victory in their EFL Cup tie against Nottingham Forest. Lucas Perez got two and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got one in injury time but the real story concerns the apparent long-range maestro, Granit Xhaka.
Xhaka took aim from 35 yards and saw his shot deflected in the top corner, just four days after doing something similar in the Premier League. Xhaka along with his fellow summer-signing Lucas Perez are yet to earn a regular place in Wenger’s starting line-up. Both players got on the score sheet last night and have staked their claims for starting spots as a result.
Xhaka’s screamer was Arsenal’s 400th goal in the League Cup and his strike set twitter on fire.
Here is a round-up of a few of the best tweets:
2 shots, 2 goals, £35m
4 haircuts, 0 goals, £89m pic.twitter.com/lddnvgC96I
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) September 21, 2016
— Arsenal (@tomgunner14) September 21, 2016
Xhaka loves scoring from that distance pic.twitter.com/4pryHKHH9p
— Ö10 (@MesutOzilClass) September 21, 2016
“I score goals, I don’t dab.” pic.twitter.com/MzMC2UwTTR
— AllArsenal.com (@AllArsenalnews) September 20, 2016
Wenger was asked in TV interview if he knew Xhaka had goals like that in his locker. “Honestly, not really.”
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) September 20, 2016
Pogba sitting at home watching Xhaka and Fabregas score for fun, cry-dabbing himself to sleep.
— Copa90 (@Copa90) September 20, 2016
When Xhaka keeps scoring bangers. pic.twitter.com/pH3NVcmbuQ
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) September 20, 2016
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 20, 2016
Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career:
🎯 Shots on target: 2
⚽ Goals: 2 pic.twitter.com/gtmeSJAifn
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) September 20, 2016
Xhaka most definitely can. Two incredible strikes in four days.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) September 20, 2016
Arsenal fan watching Xhaka’s goal like.. https://t.co/ZGUHqiAK8d
— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) September 20, 2016
An outstanding goal from Granit Xhaka. His second goal in three days. That’s why he deserves to be starting every game.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) September 20, 2016