Granit Xhaka has only been at Arsenal for six months, but his English has improved greatly. He has even very quickly learned how to say the common cliches that footballers need to say before and after games. But his utterings yesterday make for interesting reading.
His idea is that the best way to beat teams like Burnley is “to score as early as possible and as many times as possible.” This is definitely a great tactic for Arsenal to have against every team we play lol.
Xhaka said yesterday: “We noticed already in the first game (at Burnley) that it was really tough at their place. We needed a late goal to win. They play direct, they’re compact defensively as well and that makes it difficult. But we’re playing at home and we need the three points.
“Against these sort of teams, it’s very important to score as early as possible and as many times as possible. That puts them under pressure, it makes them come out a bit more as well. We want to start positively, we want to force mistakes and if we do that, I’m sure we can win this game.”
I am sure we can with this game too, especially if we are 4-0 up at half-time! But then again, I seem to remember a game against Newcastle once…..