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