Arsenal vs Spurs: Granit Xhaka showed incredible leadership after Partey goal

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Granit Xhaka showed his incredible leadership at Arsenal with his reaction following Thomas Partey’s screamer in the north London derby.

Partey opened the scoring for the home side at the Emirates, beautifully sidefooting the ball past Hugo Loris from outside of the penalty area.

As the Emirates exploded, Xhaka was the calmest person in the stadium during the celebrations.

After mobbing Partey, the midfielder immediately called all of the Arsenal players over in a huddle.

He may no longer be Arsenal captain but he’s still a true leader.

VIDEO: Partey scores screamer vs Spurs – Xhaka shows his leadership

Arsenal fans react to Xhaka's leadership
Arsenal fans react to Xhaka's leadership
Arsenal fans react to Xhaka's leadership
Arsenal fans react to Xhaka's leadership
Arsenal fans react to Xhaka's leadership
Arsenal fans react to Xhaka's leadership

However, Arsenal’s lead didn’t last too long.

They were caught out on the break by Spurs which resulted in Gabriel bringing down Richarlison.

Harry Kane made no mistake from the penalty spot against his England teammate.

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Seaman urged Xhaka to ‘keep his head’

Ironically, before the match, former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman urged Xhaka to ‘keep his head’ during the derby – something he was certainly doing during the celebrations.

“When you talk about those two in midfield for Spurs [Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur], I’m thinking, ‘Xhaka, keep your head,’” he told Seaman Says.

“Keep your head, because these are the sort of games where he can get into trouble.”

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Xhaka’s form this season

Xhaka has actually been in brilliant form for the Gunners this season as they headed into Saturday’s derby at the top of the table.

After captaining Arsenal to victory against Brentford before the international break, Mikel Arteta explained how he’s improved this campaign.

“His consistency, and how he goes about every day,” Arteta replied when asked how the Albanian has shown progress.

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“What he’s learnt in different moments of his career, whether here or with the national team. Also his willingness always to stay humble, to look forward and try to get better and when you do that, normally good things happen.

“I think he feels now that love and respect both ways. You see our supporters, the way they were singing to him as well, emotionally that makes him try to give even more. I’m really pleased for him because in my opinion he really deserves it.”

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