Granit Xhaka admits Arsenal “had to win” against Southampton

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Both Arsenal goals at St Mary’s came list below mistakes from Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Granit Xhaka thinks Arsenal‘s triumph at Southampton on Thursday night was essential to keeping their slim possibilities of European credentials alive.

With a mix of injuries, suspension and drawn-out contract settlements hanging over the club, Arsenal lost at both Manchester City and Brighton in their first 2 Premier Leagues fixtures because the reboot.

They lastly got up and keeping up a 2-0 win at 10- man Southampton as goals from Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock protected what Xhaka feels was an important 3 points– with the Gunners going up to ninth, 6 point adrift of Manchester United in 5th.

“He’s a big presence. He’s someone who doesn’t hide. He has very clear principles and values, and he puts that on the pitch every time he’s there.” @m8arteta on Granit Xhaka pic.twitter.com/WqhEaWaB6R

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When asked if triumph was essential for Arsenal’s hopes of certifying for Europe,

“Of course, we had to win,” he stated.

” How I stated prior to we didn’t play well recently and after that we were a bit unfortunate (at Brighton).

“But yesterday we played very, very compact we were aggressive in a lot of the duels and we deserved the three points.”

Xhaka was likewise full of appreciation for the goalscorers, Nketiah taking his possibility having actually as soon as again been chosen over Alexandre Lacazette and Willock getting his first Premier League goal.

“I think we have some very good youngsters and they have big futures,” he added.

” They are currently assisting us and there keep working hard. I think all of us work very hard, we had a game strategy and Mikel did very excellent preparation for us.

“But sometimes you need luck, sometimes it is not your day but yesterday we started again with another three points and we want to keep going.”

Both Arsenal goals at St Mary’s came list below mistakes from Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

The England international talented possession to Nketiah prior to fumbling a shot into the course of Willock minutes after Jack Stephens had actually been sent for fouling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“At the end of the day, in the Premier League you can’t give away two cheap goals,” defender Ryan Bertrand informed Southampton’s official website.

” No matter what you do, if you do that you’re going to get penalized. Aside from that, we certainly should have something, however we provided 2 goals.

“Before the sending off – which levelled things in their favour I guess – it was a strange one, because even though we weren’t fully firing in first half, other than the goal we gave them we were the better team I’d say.”

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