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

The Arsenal legend runs the rule over Granit Xhaka's scrappy effort in Sunday's 2-0 win against Manchester United

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka Photo: The Sport Review

Lee Dixon described Granit Xhaka’s opener as a scrappy effort after Arsenal eased to a 2-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

The Switzerland international has been criticised for a disappointing first season in the Premier League after Xhaka moved to Arsenal in a £33m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Xhaka, though, was responsible for making the breakthrough in the Premier League clash between the top-four contenders after the defensive midfielder scored from long range.

The 23-year-old’s effort took a big deflection off Ander Herrera before the ball looped over stranded Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in the 54th minute.

Xhaka’s opener was just his second Premier League goal in the 2016-17 season after his wonder effort at Hull City back in September.

Former Arsenal defender Dixon was critical of Herrera’s defending for Xhaka’s goal as the Gunners eased to a morale-boosting win over their bitter rivals.

“You thought if someone was going to score, it was going to be a scrappy effort,” Dixon told NBCSN.

“He tees himself up two or three times. Herrera turns his back on it. It’s a poor effort from the midfield player to try and block the shot. There is nothing the goalkeeper can do.

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Danny Welbeck doubled Arsenal’s lead with a powerful header in the 57th minute.

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