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How did Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka rate in the Gunners’ win against Bayern Munich?

Date Posted,July 18, 2017

Third-choice keeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero as Arsenal edged out Bayern Munich on penalties in the International Champions Cup.

The Spaniard denied Juan Bernat from the spot to earn the Gunners a 3-2 win on spot-kicks after the game ended all square after 90 minutes.

Robert Lewandowski fired the Bundesliga champions ahead early on from 12 yards before Alex Iwobi levelled in stoppage-time to force penalties.

Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey and Nacho Monreal then held their nerve as Arsene Wenger’s men triumphed on spot-kicks.

Alex Iwobi celebrates Arsenal’s equaliser (Image: REUTERS)

But how did Granit Xhaka get on? Our man John Cross kept a close eye on the Gunner:

The Swiss midfielder took some time to settle last season after his £34m move to the Emirates.

But Xhaka really came good in the latter part of the campaign, enjoying playing in central midfield in the new 3-4-2-1 system which bings the best out of the box-to-box midfielder.

Down the years, Arsene Wenger has made many a signing who has taken a year to adapt and then gone on to be a top class player. Robert Pires springs immediately to mind.

Arsene Wenger watches on from the sidelines (Image: AFP)

Arsenal will be hoping that Xhaka’s sharpness and impressive form in pre-season is an extension of his good performances in the run-in last term.

He is strong, powerful, made a vital goal saving clearance and has an excellent range of passing.

Once again, Xhaka was solid and his positional sense and discipline has noticeably improved. A big season awaits.

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