Granit Xhaka scored for Switzerland in a 6-1 victory over Gibraltar as his country topped their Euro 2020 qualification group on Monday.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND – SEPTEMBER 05: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on September 05, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Monday’s game was never one you’d expect Switzerland to have any trouble with, coming against a Gibraltar side that hadn’t picked up a point in the rest of the group stage.

All the same, it was another chance for Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka to make a statement, playing his first games for his country after losing the captaincy and falling out with the fans back in North London.

The 27-year-old had already impressed against Georgia in the opening game of the break, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in a 1-0 victory.

On that occasion, he’d been at his best creatively, making a game-high six chances. Against Gibraltar, he took the opportunity to get involved in the goals himself, scoring Switzerland’s sixth late on. You can watch the goal here.

That’s not to say it wasn’t a good performance all around though, as the midfielder completed all four of his dribbles, seven of his nine long balls and made a couple of tackles and a couple of interceptions on the defensive end.

Playing for his country against lesser opposition gave Xhaka the smoothest of reentries back into competitive football. It would be great if he could reproduce that same form if and when he’s called upon by Unai Emery.

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