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Arsenal release compilation of Granit Xhaka's tackles vs Spurs in NLD

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Arsenal don't have a plethora of players that fans can look forward to seeing getting stuck into the opposition, but following the north London derby last weekend the club have sought to pay tribute to the one man who wasn't afraid to put the boot in.

While the Gunners have creators and goal machines topping up their squad, they have made the effort to show that they have in their midst a midfield destroyer in the shape of Granit Xhaka, who, judging by the evidence, enjoyed his first taste of action against their sworn enemy.

Posting to Instagram, the club looked to highlight the challenges the Swiss international put in, and though there aren't many, the ones that are there are certainly worth revisiting.

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Xhaka enjoyed a fine, if understated performance against Spurs on Sunday, with stats showing he had a pass completion rate of 83%, though his tackling saw just a 57% success rate.

However, he also chalked up four interceptions and created one chance for his teammates.

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The 24-year-old has made a solid start to life at The Emirates Stadium, featuring in 11 games across all competitions so far, scoring three goals in the process – one of which came in the form of a 25-yard thunderbolt in the 4-1 win over Hull City in the Premier League.

He followed this up with another long-rage effort just days later in the 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forrest in the EFL Cup.

His overall stats for the season so far have been pleasing, recording an 88% pass completion rate, though he was given his marching orders against Swansea in mid-October for a trip on Modou Barrow.

Worth the fee?

However, if his performances continue to progress at the rate they have been so far, he will have no problems in justifying the faith that Arsene Wenger showed by splashing out the reported £30million on his signature from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Xhaka initially made a name for himself with Swiss giants FC Basel, but made the step up to the German Bundesliga in the summer of 2012, where he went on to record 140 appearances for Borussia, scoring nine goals.

Already a seasoned international with 48 caps to his name, he has shown that he is capable of making a natural progression to the top of the domestic game.

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