Rafael Benitez’s facet pissed off the Gunners throughout a colorless first half however Unai Emery’s introduction of summer time signing Lucas Torreira on the break sparked Arsenal into life.
The Uruguayan’s incisive go drew the foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which introduced Arsenal with a chance, albeit a slim one, to open the scoring.
Each Torreira and Xhaka lined-up over the set-piece nevertheless it was the Swiss worldwide who took the duty upon instruction from Ozil and powered an excellent shot past the grasp of Martin Dubravka.
Requested if there was any doubt over who would take the free-kick, Xhaka mentioned: ‘Yeah, Mesut mentioned as properly that I might shoot! We attempt it so much in coaching and I used to be glad to attain.’
Ozil, on his 200th look for the membership, doubled the benefit shortly afterwards, however Arsenal had been compelled to endure a nervy last couple of minutes after Ciaran Clark’s injury-time header.
Arsenal clung on, nevertheless, for his or her third straight win however Xhaka was removed from pleased with the general efficiency.
‘No, not likely. I believe it was a tough begin for us within the first 20 minutes. After, we had been within the recreation,’ he added.
‘The second half went very properly for us and I believe it was an essential three factors for us.
‘We all know it’s an essential week for us. We now have 4 video games at dwelling, having gained two video games away, which is greater than final 12 months! We’re glad to win immediately.’