Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has defended teammate William Saliba following his own goal against Leicester on Saturday.
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The Frenchman has appeared in two Premier League games for Arsenal, winning the Man of the Match award in his previous match against Crystal Palace.
Since breaking into the first team, he’s received praise from a variety of sources, and he’s currently playing with maturity beyond his 21 years.
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However, he was unlucky to score an own goal against Leicester last weekend. Former captain Xhaka, on the other hand, believes his overall performance was outstanding.
Xhaka telling the Evening standard said:
This is football, People only see the own goal but maybe, hopefully, they’ll see what a game he had. This guy is 21. I think in his first game in the Premier League for Arsenal, he was unbelievable.
You can see how… he looks like he is 30. He has discipline and big character. He is not so loud but he is a proper leader in my eyes. You can see he is amazing.
He has a lot of quality and yeah, we forget the own goal because for 90 minutes he had a great, great game.