WATCH: Xhaka nearly takes the net off with explosive right-footed half-volley to put Arsenal 1-0 up against Southampton

Granit Xhaka Arsenal Southampton 2022-23
  • Gunners burst out of the blocks
  • Swiss star fires them in front
  • Saints keeper stood no chance

WHAT HAPPENED? The Gunners burst out of the blocks at St Mary’s and had squandered a couple of decent sights of goal before Xhaka fired them in front in the 11th minute. He nearly took the net off when doing so, making the cleanest connections with a half-volley from a Ben White cross from the right.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Arsenal entered their meeting with the Saints aware that another victory – a 10th of the 2022-23 campaign – would restore their four-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

WHAT NEXT FOR ARSENAL? Mikel Arteta’s side have found inspiration from every area of the field this season, with Xhaka’s renaissance in the middle of the park continuing as he adds goals to the ball-winning side of his game.

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