Gary Neville reacts to Granit Xhaka’s goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Man United

The Manchester United legend delivers his verdict on Granit Xhaka's opener in Arsenal's win at The Emirates

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville admitted his surprise that Granit Xhaka decided to shoot from long distance after the midfielder broke the deadlock in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday.

The Gunners were the better side in the first half but Arsene Wenger’s men struggled to make the breakthrough against a defensive Manchester United side in north London.

However, Arsenal edged into a slender lead in the 54th minute through Xhaka after the Switzerland international’s long-range attempt took a deflection off Ander Herrera before looping over Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Xhaka’s deflected strike was his third goal of the season in what has been a largely disappointing first campaign in English football after the defensive midfielder moved to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in a £33m deal last summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Xhaka’s opener at the Emirates Stadium, former Manchester United defender Neville said:

“As Xhaka was lining up to hit it, I was thinking, ‘No, he’s not going to shoot from there’.

“It’s a ridiculous position to shoot from but he ends up scoring a goal and breaking the deadlock. It got a huge deflection which fooled De Gea. He was so far out.”

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Danny Welbeck doubled Arsenal’s lead three minutes later to secure three points for the Gunners.

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