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Xhaka explains celebration after stunning Arsenal strike

By Alex Taylor

Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has explained his celebration after his stunning strike against Hull City.

Xhaka, 24, joined the Gunners in May from Borussia Mönchengladbach for a fee of £38million and scored his first goal for the club against Mike Phelan’s side.

The midfield star put his finger to his lips after smashing the ball into the top-left corner from 30 yards, seemingly in response to some critics who had questioned his ability in the opening stages of his career in north London.

”It was spontaneous and I didn’t plan it,” Xhaka told the Arsenal Twitter account “I think on the night before the game I dreamt about it.

“’It was like deja vu and that’s why I did it, I’d seen the celebration in a dream before, emotions were high too.”

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Xhaka has already become an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s side since his summer transfer and has now played nine matches and scored two goals for his new team.

The former Basel ace has enjoyed a reasonable goal-scoring return throughout his career, bagging 25 goals and providing 15 assists in 253 matches.

Xhaka has leaped ahead of the on-loan Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin in Wenger’s first-team pecking order this season and helped Arsenal begin their domestic campaign in style.

The Emirates outfit have already picked up points against Leicester, Chelsea and Southampton this season and currently sit third in the Premier League.

Wenger will be hoping his side can continue their current form as they prepare to play Swansea, Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the league after the international break.

In other Arsenal news, Alex Iwobi is in line for a bumper new contract six months after signing his previous deal, according to report.