Arsenal vs Wolves: Granit Xhaka strikes TWICE, Arsenal END Premier League campaign with WIN
Arsenal vs Wolves LIVE: Premier League – Granit Xhaka scored twice in what is likely to be his final game for Arsenal,…
Arsenal vs Wolves LIVE: Premier League – Granit Xhaka scored twice in what is likely to be his final game for Arsenal, as they thrashed Wolves 5-0 to round up the regular season.Even though they missed out on winning the Premier League, the Gunners conclude the season with 84 points thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, and Jakub Kiwior.Follow Premier League live updates on InsideSport.IN.
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In what is anticipated to be his farewell game after seven event-filled years at the club, Granit Xhaka scored twice as Arsenal romped to a 5-0 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. A ruthless Manchester City overtook Arsenal to win the English Premier League for the third time in a row despite the fact that they had nearly dominated the league for the whole season.
The London club finished the season with a flourish though. Some trickery from forward Gabriel Jesus on the right was headed in by Xhaka on 11 minutes to give them an early lead in what was the Swiss midfielder’s 297th, and tipped to be last, game.
Xhaka’s fairytale finish was nailed on just three minutes later when the 30-year-old, who had been close to leaving the club in 2019 after ill-tempered exchanges with supporters, tapped in following some clever interchange play from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard.
He spurned a golden chance for a hat-trick before Saka made it 3-0 with less than half an hour played with a curled effort. Jesus headed in the fourth after halftime while Jakub Kiwior made it 5-0 with 12 minutes left to play.
Arsenal ended the season on 84 points from 38 games, five behind champions Manchester City. It was their highest points tally since the “Invincibles” won the title with 90 in 2004.
The Gunners will be back in the Champions League next season for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
Ahead of Sunday’s game, Arsenal captain Odegaard said in his programme notes that it was going to take a while for the team to get over the disappointment of how the campaign ended.
Mikel Arteta’s side faltered in the final weeks of the season, losing to their main rivals Man City and teams near the bottom of the table as they threw away what had been a sizeable league lead at the start of April.
Arsenal vs Wolves confirmed lineups
Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Thomas, White, Gabriel, Kiwior; Odegaard, Xhaka, Jorginho; Saka, Jesus, Trossard
Wolves XI (4-4-2): Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Adama, Lemina, Gomes, Nunes; Hwang, Jimenez
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