Granit Xhaka has explained the reasons behind his goal celebration after his stunning strike against Hull City which has been voted as Arsenal’s goal of the month for September.
The Switzerland international opened his account for his new club in style in the 4-1 win at the KCOM Stadium, unleashing a fierce strike from long-range that flew into the top corner.
Xhaka celebrated by raising his right arm and putting his finger to his lips with his other hand in a shushing gesture, which left many fans trying to figure out just what the celebration was all about.
The midfielder has now spoken about his goal and explained what was going through his mind after he had beaten Tigers goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
“It was spontaneous and I didn’t plan it. I think on the night before the game I dreamt about it. It was like deja vu and that’s why I did it,” he told Arsenal media.
When quizzed further on if he really had dreamt he would score against Hull, he added: “Not that I’d score, but I’d seen the celebrations in a dream before. Emotions were high too.
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“I’m not somebody who will score a goal every weekend, but I’m always proud and happy when I do score – and if it’s from long range, then it makes me even happier.
“It’s one of my strengths – shooting from long range. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t, but when they do go in, it makes me proud.
“It’s always special to score your first goal for a new club. Of course this was a goal to make it 4-1, so it wasn’t that crucial, but for me it was very important and one I won’t forget. It makes me proud.”
Xhaka’s goal put the gloss on a fine win after strikes by Theo Walcott and an Alexis Sanchez double had put the Gunners in charge against Mike Phelan’s side.
Whatever the motivation behind the goal celebration, Arsenal fans will be happy for Xhaka to keep on dreaming if it produces more goals, particularly of the quality we witnessed against Hull City.