Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has moved to explain his ‘shushing’ celebration after scoring his first goal for the club against Hull City last month.
The Swiss international has made an immediate impact in the Gunners midfield with his passing ability and the steeliness that he adds to the side.
However, he’ll also be delighted to have already scored two goals this season, with the first coming against Hull via a thunderbolt of a strike from outside the box.
Some may have interpreted it as a message to his critics given that he was putting his finger over his lips as if he was ‘shushing’ someone.
It turns out it isn’t a message to anyone, but as discussed in the video below, it was more a spontaneous decision as he had dreamt about a similar situation previously.
So Granit, what’s the story behind that celebration? pic.twitter.com/7c0MuR38LN
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 4, 2016
Meanwhile, he was also delighted with the fact that he has already been given a nickname by the Arsenal fans, with ‘Xhakaboom’ now seemingly catching on.
It’s probably got something to do with the fact that he hammers home long-range efforts, and he’ll be hoping to add some more to the collection sooner rather than later.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 5, 2016
With Francis Coquelin continuing his recovering after picking up a knee injury against Chelsea last month, as noted by The Guardian, Xhaka could be given an extended run in the side in the coming weeks after the international break.
He’ll likely relish the opportunity to establish himself in the Arsenal midfield alongside Santi Cazorla, with the Gunners hoping that the break doesn’t disrupt their momentum having now put together a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions.