Arsenal may have come out on top in their battle against Leicester City this past weekend, but they were certainly made to fight for it – especially after going 1-0 down early on against the Foxes. Xhaka played a role in that goal but instead of the Gunners collapsing in on themselves, they dusted themselves down and went again, eventually winning the game 3-1.
After the result, Xhaka spoke with the media in an honest manner as Arsenal continue to improve and move forward in what can only be described as one of their toughest Premier League seasons to date.
“I think we started very slowly,” Xhaka told Arsenal.com. “After my mistake when we conceded the goal, I think the team went a little bit up.
“We knew it would be very difficult after the Europa League game, after the travelling and everything else, to be ready for 12pm. It wasn’t easy but I think in the end we deserved to win today. We did a really, really good game after 10 minutes. A really important three points for us.
“We know that they have very good midfielders, they have a very good team as well. They try to play football but we won today a lot of duels, a lot of 50-50 balls and the goals were beautiful and I am so happy for the team.
“We have to do it game by game [now], not for three games, not for four, we have to constantly be like this, with this energy, this team spirit and after I am looking forward to us doing something.”
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