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Arsenal star’s mum and dad want Gunners to lose tonight

Arsenal play Basel in the Champions League tonight in a match that will see Granit Xhaka go head-to-head with his big brother.

Taluant Xhaka, 25, is expected to play in defence for Basel, while 24-year-old Granit will likely feature in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield, with Francis Coquelin out injured.

Ahead of the game, Taluant has been speaking to the London Evening Standard.

According to The Standard, Taluant has claimed that he and Granit’s parents will be supporting Basel in North London.

Taluant also told the capital’s no.1 newspaper: “To play against Arsenal in the Champions League is a childhood dream. It will be special. We both go into it with the same thoughts; that we need to win and give everything.”

However, Taluant says that he has another dream – to play alongside his brother.

He added: “Of course it will be a wish for me that we played together in the same team.”

Taluant and Granit are both senior internationals, but they represent different countries.

The two brothers faced each other at Euro 2016 when Granit’s Switzerland beat Taluant’s Albania 1-0.

Arsenal and Basel both come into this evening’s game with one point in Group A. The Gunners drew their first match 1-1 away to PSG, while Basel were held by the same scoreline at home to Ludogorets in matchweek one.

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