Granit Xhaka is having a great season for Arsenal and he almost scored the goal of the season after this sublime tiki-taka move against Fulham.
Arsenal were in the mood this weekend at Craven Cottage as they swept Fulham aside 3-0. They managed to get the job done in the first half and they played some scintillating football along the way.
Mikel Arteta’s side crafted out seven chances in the first half as Fulham struggled to live with them. From back to front, everyone played their role in this triumph.
Leandro Trossard in particular had a game to remember as he produced three assists and caused all sorts of problems for the Fulham defenders throughout the afternoon.
“We did really well from the start,” Martin Odegaard told Sky Sports. “We controlled the game and scored some good goals in the first half. The second half was a bit different but very good.
“He [Leandro Trossard] has brought some amazing things to the team. I love playing with him. He’s good to find the right pass. We’re really happy to have him on the team.
“It was a good ball from Leo over the head of a defender. I kept my composure and put my shot in the corner.”
Arsenal were at their fluid best against Fulham and that performance will have given them real belief that they can go all the way in the Premier League this season.
Arteta was also left impressed adding: “I’m really happy to win and get three points away from home, espcially with a clean sheet. We had a goal disallowed and psychologically we overcame that.
“It’s great to see the goals distributed through the team. Leandro [Trossard] laid on three assists and could also have scored today too. Every time we put the ball in the net it’s great. We practice lots of things and today scored beautiful goals.”
The Gunners crafted out some wonderful chances throughout the afternoon and things could have been even sweeter if Xhaka had managed to finish his chance.
In fairness to Xhaka, he has been one of Arsenal’s most reliable players this season. He has started in all but one of their Premier League matches and has racked up over 2,200 minutes in the league alone.
Former teammate Bernd Leno was thankful that Xhaka fluffed the finish, but what a goal this would have been if he managed to make the right connection.