Granit Xhaka scored a fantastic goal with his right foot to help Switzerland into a 3-0 lead on Tuesday night, which they duly threw away as soon as he left the pitch.

BATE Borisov's Belarusian midfielder Dmitri Baga (L) takes evasive action as Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka shoots over during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, 2nd leg football match between Arsenal and Bate Borisov at the Emirates stadium in London on February 21, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP / Getty Images)
BATE Borisov’s Belarusian midfielder Dmitri Baga (L) takes evasive action as Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka shoots over during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, 2nd leg football match between Arsenal and Bate Borisov at the Emirates stadium in London on February 21, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP / Getty Images)

Before the game, Xhaka had been talking about the danger posed by Tottenham Hotspur and Denmark star Christian Eriksen, describing him as a ‘player with great qualities’ who they ‘need to take good care of’.

For 80 minutes, though, it was the Arsenal man pulling the strings in midfield. Xhaka completed 95% of his passes, created three chances, completed all three of his long ball attempts, made a few clearances and interceptions, and topped it all off with this goal:

Unfortunately, at 3-0 up with 12 minutes to go, the Swiss coach thought he was safe to withdraw Xhaka for a well-earned rest. Suddenly the midfielder’s team fell apart without him, conceding three goals and drawing the game.

For Xhaka, it will end up being a disappointing night. For Arsenal fans, it’s a good sign that he’s scoring goals like this and having such an impact on his team that they implode as soon as he’s off. Let’s hope he comes back riled up and ready to take down Newcastle United.

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