‘Pure leadership!’: Arsenal fans hail ‘flourishing’ Granit Xhaka for pulling Arsenal team-mates together for a huddle to re-focus after Thomas Partey’s stunner gives them the lead in the north London derby vs Tottenham
- Granit Xhaka has won the praise of Arsenal fans for his display of leadership
- The Swiss midfielder gathered his team-mates after Thomas Partey’s opener
- Supports have taken to Twitter to hail the player who formerly split opinion
Granit Xhaka has won the hearts of Arsenal fans after gathering his team-mates in a huddle after Thomas Partey’s opening goal in Saturday’s north London derby.
The Switzerland midfielder was quick to summon his fellow Gunners players in a show of leadership that has lead to many supporters suggesting he is the true leader in the Arsenal dressing room.
Xhaka had a strained relationship with the Arsenal faithful following a well-documented on-field strop that saw him taunt fans and throw his shirt on the ground, but improved performances this season have begun to turn things around.
Granit Xhaka has been praised for gathering his team-mates in a huddle after Thomas Partey’s goal against Tottenham
And fans have taken to Twitter to hail their player’s show of leadership, with one supporter writing: ‘Look at Xhaka man, mans is fuelled by the hatred, look at him flourishing.’
A second added: ‘I love Granit Xhaka’s response to scoring the goal. Pull the team together and get them to focus #leadership.’
A third praised the midfielder’s display, saying: ‘Pure leadership from #Xhaka after that goal!!!’
Partey opened the scoring with a spectacular first time finish into the top corner from range
A fourth Arsenal fan was particularly enamoured with the player, writing: ‘Xhaka is acc our leader. I love that guy man.’
And a fifth suggested that Xhaka has finally grown into his leadership role at the club, adding: ‘Xhaka showing real captain material after the goal love to see that.’
One fan then went one step further, stating that the player has ‘evolved’ under Mikel Artets, saying: ‘The evolution of Granit Xhaka in these last 12-18 months is outstanding.
‘A lot of people still see him as this immobile, rash midfielder, but he’s been absolutely pivotal in Arteta’s system.
However, the Switzerland midfielder was then at fault for Tottenham’s equaliser
However he was later culpable for an error that lead to Spurs’ equaliser, after he was dispossessed seemingly in a safe area of the pitch.
Tottenham broke at pace and forced a foul in the box for Harry Kane to score from 12 yards, which naturally did not go down quite as well with fans.
One fan was quick to distribute the blame, saying: ‘I blame Granit Xhaka for that pen.’
And another added: ‘Granit Xhaka tried to pass back into chaos ? I’m sorry but that is the single biggest contributor to that goal.’
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