By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Granit Xhaka came off the bench to play a pivotal role in Arsenal’s 3-0 triumph over Chelsea – and supporters took to Twitter to acclaim the midfielder.
The £34million summer signing was once again omitted from the starting line-up, as Arsene Wenger stuck with his preferred central midfield combination of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin.
But the French midfielder only lasted 32 minutes of the clash before succumbing to injury, which paved the way for Xhaka to link up with Cazorla.
Arsenal were already 2-0 ahead when Xhaka came on and their maintained their dominance following his introduction in an outstanding first-half display.
The Switzerland international had scored long-range stunners in each of the Gunners’ previous two matches, against Hull in the Premier League and Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.
He did not add to his tally against Chelsea but his performance prompted fans to say he has done enough to be a regular starter in Wenger’s side.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Xhaka Time. #afc
— Barty (@BartyGunner) September 24, 2016
Makes such a difference when you’ve got xhaka coming on for coquelin and not flamini #afc
— Geörge Farringtön (@gfarrington123) September 24, 2016
Granit Xhaka should be starting though. No question. #AFC
— Kelly M. (@Kelly_Maher) September 24, 2016
Xhaka Santi doing their part as well. A mature performance. Steel, determination, class and done it in style. #afc
— Nisarg (@goonernisarg) September 24, 2016
Wenger, how many more auditions does Xhaka have to do? Give dude his spot in the team and stop acting up. #Afc
— Goon (@MykulGoon) September 24, 2016
— Chandler Pickup (@ChandlerGeorge6) September 24, 2016
The more I see of Xhaka the more I am impressed by him, settled in so well. #AFC
— On Me Head Son! (@Danielfloyd1981) September 24, 2016
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