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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Xhaka: Arsenal's perfect week

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka hailed a "perfect week" for Arsenal after a 1-0 win over Huddersfield maintained their pursuit of a top-three finish.

The Gunners - despite struggling for their usual fluidity and having a first-half Alexandre Lacazette goal ruled out - extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches with Lucas Torreira's 83rd-minute finish.

Last Sunday, they defeated bitters rivals Tottenham 4-2 and on Wednesday drew 2-2 at Manchester United.

At the conclusion of a period in which there were reports of the players partying and inhaling nitrous oxide, such a run of fixtures could have proven more damaging, but Xhaka said: "It was a perfect week for us. Three games and seven points is a perfect week.

"We have a lot of things to improve and do better, but we can be happy. It's not normal that we are 21 games unbeaten, but we have a good team, good spirit and we will keep going like this."

Xhaka, discussing Torreira, added: "He wants to be like Auba and Laca (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette). It's an important goal for him."

Huddersfield remain in the bottom three after successive defeats by Brighton, Bournemouth and now Arsenal.

The next two fixtures, against Newcastle and Southampton, who are also battling relegation, could prove crucial. Manager David Wagner said: "We have two home games against Newcastle and Southampton.

"You have to play every opponent twice in a season, though, so the table at this stage is irrelevant.

"Unfortunately we haven't got the results which maybe we have deserved, but we will only get results if we perform."

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