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Senin, 03 Agu 2020 15:10 WIB

Pujilah Granit Xhaka

Afif Farhan - detikSport
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Granit Xhaka of Arsenal signals during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on July 26, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images) Pujilah Granit Xhaka (Getty Images/Pool)
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Jangan lupakan Granit Xhaka dalam keberhasilan Arsenal meraih Piala FA setelah mengalahkan Chelsea di partai final, sekalipun memang Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang yang mencetak dua gol.

Sabtu (1/8/2020) malam kemarin, tersaji pertandingan final Piala FA Arsenal vs Chelsea. The Blues sempat memimpin lewat gol cepat Christian Pulisic, tapi The Gunners bisa mengembalikan keadaan dengan dua gol dari Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal lifts the FA Cup Trophy with his team mates after their victory in the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Arsenal jadi juara Piala FA musim 2019/2020 setelah mengalahkan Chelsea 2-1 (Getty Images/Catherine Ivill)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tampil brilian di depan gawang. Satu golnya dari eksekusi penalti, satu golnya lagi dengan ketenangan menaklukkan kiper Chelsea, Willy Cabalero.

Meski Aubameyang dipuja-puji, tapi fans Arsenal tak boleh melupakan satu nama ini. Dia adalah Granit Xhaka, yang disanjung manajer Arsenal, Mikel Arteta.

"Xhaka adalah contoh yang baik bagi tim. Dia punya kemampuan dan kepribadian yang berkelas," katanya seperti dilansir Mirror.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Granit Xhaka of Arsenal signals during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on July 26, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images)Granit Xhaka (kanan), penjaga lini tengah Arsenal (Getty Images/Pool)

Granit Xhaka bermain penuh di partai final Piala FA dan bertugas menjaga keseimbangan. Bahkan di bawah tangan dingin Arteta, Granit Xhaka selalu menjadi langganan di lini tengah.

"Dia menikmati caranya bermain dan penuh keberanian. Saya hanya sedikit memberinya arahan dan selanjutnya dia yang menyelesaikan di lapangan," terang Arteta.

Padahal, Granit Xhaka pernah menjadi bulan-bulanan di Arsenal. Kala itu posisi manajer masih dijabat oleh Unai Emery.

Xhaka dicemooh oleh pendukung Arsenal di kandang sendiri. Xhaka terpancing, melakukan gestur yang juga mencaci fans Arsenal sampai membuang jersey-nya. Sehingga, ban kapten dicopot dari lengannya.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Granit Xhaka of Arsenal signals during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on July 26, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images)Granit Xhaka saat insiden dicemooh fans Arsenal di kandang sendiri (Getty Images/Pool)

Tapi kini, Granit Xhaka bisa keluar dari keterpurukan itu. Pemain asal Swiss tersebut mendapat kepercayaan dari Mikel Arteta dan membuktikannya dengan impas.

"Dia bisa keluar dari masalahnya dan membuktikan bahwa dirinya layak untuk bermain di klub ini. Xhaka pantas mendapat pujian," tutup Arteta.



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