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‘I was screaming at Granit to shoot’

Francis Coquelin says he was “screaming at Granit to shoot” shortly before the Swiss midfielder scored his first Arsenal goal.

Xhaka found the top corner from 30 yards in second-half stoppage time to secure the Gunners’ 4-1 win at Hull City on Saturday afternoon - and Coquelin was full of praise for the strike after the match.

“I think it was a superb finish,” the French midfielder told Arsenal Player. “I was right behind him and I don’t know if he was going to shoot, I was screaming at him ‘shoot, shoot’ in German.

“That’s a great strike to be fair, a great first goal to score for the club and hopefully many more to come as well. I think it was Mo who passed him the ball so I can’t claim the assist, but I’ll take a bit of it!”

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Xhaka's stunning first Arsenal goal

Coquelin was pleased with Arsenal’s overall performance on Humberside.

“It was a good three points,” he added. “It was a difficult game, obviously the red card made it a bit easier for us but it was a tough match so it was really pleasing to get the win.

“It could have been nervy, but I think in the last few weeks we have shown our character, in the last two games we were behind and came back into it.

“Today we showed that even when a team comes back at us we have the character to finish it off. So that's good for the future and now we can concentrate on the next games coming up.”

 

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