Granit Xhaka provided an assist for the Swiss National Team as the international fixtures got underway for Arsenal players on Wednesday.
Three Arsenal players featured for their national sides on Wednesday, with Bernd Leno, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka each getting starts with their countries. Xhaka made the biggest impression, however, providing an assist for Switzerland.
Given the match was just a friendly, with Nations League games coming up, Xhaka actually only played the first half against Croatia. He made good use of it, though, setting up the opening goal of the game.
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Unfortunately, Croatia equalised, and they ended up winning the game in the second half after Xhaka came off. But Xhaka’s individual contribution was positive for any watching Arsenal fans.
Xhaka will want to state his case over the international break, given the addition of Thomas Partey by Arsenal. The Swiss midfielder will either join Partey or watch the Ghana international replace him, because it’s hard to see Partey not starting.
It’s possible Xhaka and Dani Ceballos will both start with Partey in a three. However, if Arteta sticks to his current system, one of them probably needs to drop out. Funnily enough, Switzerland face Spain next.
You can check out the full list of Arsenal player fixtures and results for the international break here.