Granit Xhaka admits it was special to hear the Arsenal fans singing his name after their win over Brentford at the weekend.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Fabio Viera of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their side's third goal with Granit Xhaka during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium on September 18, 2022. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Fabio Viera of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their side’s third goal with Granit Xhaka during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium on September 18, 2022. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

One unexpectedly positive surprise about Arsenal’s start to the season has been an explosion of goal contributions from midfielder Granit Xhaka.

The 29-year-old has a goal and three assists already, which beats his totals from any of the last three full seasons. In fact, he’s only managed more than four Premier League goal contributions in two of his six full campaigns with Arsenal.

There’s no doubt that form helps the team going forward, and the Arsenal fans recognised Xhaka’s performance on Sunday, singing “we’ve got Granit Xhaka” repeatedly.

After the game, Xhaka went over to the supporters to be serenaded, which can be seen in footage captured from the stands.

Xhaka responded to the chants by saying: “Thanks for your support. You’ve been amazing, but as well for myself, to hear what happened today, you say my name, sing the song for me… It’s a very, very special day. Thank you again, and see you soon!”

Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (R) vies with Leicester City's Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans (L) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (R) vies with Leicester City’s Northern Irish defender Jonny Evans (L) during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal’s captain on the day, in Martin Odegaard’s absence, Xhaka put in a performance worthy of the armband.

The Swiss international’s renewed bond with his club’s supporters only seems to be building since Mikel Arteta’s arrival at Arsenal, and this was just the latest example of that.

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