By Emma Sanders
Arsenal’s summer signing, Granit Xhaka captained Switzerland for the first time in their World Cup qualifier against Andorra.
The 24 year-old wore the captain’s armband during his country’s 2-1 win on Monday evening as the Swiss maintained their perfect record with three straight victories.
Switzerland edged past Andorra to add to the victories they picked up against Portugal and Hungary in the opening two fixtures.
It was a positive evening for Arsenal’s new signing, despite his side conceding a goal against the group’s bottom team.
It was Andorra’s first World Cup qualifying goal in more than seven years but it wasn’t enough to dampen Xhaka’s spirits as he played the full 90 minutes as captain.
🇨🇭 Captain Granit
Our midfielder skippered Switzerland for the first time tonight, in their win over Andorra pic.twitter.com/eGFHclSptQ
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 10, 2016
Arsenal’s latest star missed Switzerland’s victory over Hungary on Friday through suspension but returned on Monday evening to record his 42nd appearance for his country.
Since joining the Gunners from Borussia Munchengladbach in the summer, Xhaka has begun to showcase his talents in the Premier League and has picked up two goals against in Arsenal’s last five fixtures.
The £35 million buy has added attacking threat and goal-scoring prowess to the Arsenal line-up and fans can expect to see more from the Swiss as the season progresses.