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Watch Granit Xhaka’s epic nutmeg on Marcos Alonso in his own box to start counter-attack goal for Emile Smith Rowe

ARSENAL’S second goal against Chelsea started with a moment of brilliance by Granit Xhaka in his own box.

Xhaka picked up the ball in Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s area and decided to move the ball forward himself.

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Arsenal star Granit Xhaka nutmegged Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso to set up the second goalCredit: Sky Sports
Granit Xhaka's nutmeg led to Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe's goal

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Granit Xhaka’s nutmeg led to Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe’s goalCredit: Getty

First, the midfielder dribbled past Romelu Lukaku before leaving the crowd in awe with a stunning nutmeg past Macos Alonso.

The Switzerland international then switched with Martin Odegaard, who found Bukayo Saka down his right.

Saka drove the ball forward and passed to Odegaard back on the edge of the box.

The attacking midfielder flicked it to his left where Emile Smith Rowe was waiting and the Arsenal youngster beat Edouard Mendy with a fine effort to make it 2-1 after 27 minutes.

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The Gunners were pegged back again by Cesar Azpilicueta – but frustrated Chelsea after the break to record an excellent 4-2 win.

Eddie Nketiah scored his second at Stamford Bridge as he capitalised on some more horrendous defending by the Blues.

And Bukayo Saka put the cherry on top in injury time when he converted a penalty after being hauled down by Azpilicueta.

Xhaka has received plenty of criticism in the last few years, mainly due to his disciplinary record.

The 29-year-old has been slapped with a total of 65 yellow cards and four red cards since his arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.

The Swiss ace also landed in hot water two seasons ago when he was caught lashing out on Arsenal fans slamming him while he was being subbed off.

That led to former manager Unai Emery stripping him of the captain’s armband.

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However, Xhaka has left the past behind him tonight against Chelsea and has so far proven to be essential for Mikel Arteta’s team.

And it is all mainly down to that incredible nutmeg on Alonso in the first half.

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