Granit Xhaka explains 'shushing' celebration against Hull

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Granit Xhaka's immediate impact at Arsenal has rightly earned him the nickname 'Xhakaboom' amongst the fans.

He had to be slightly more patient for regular first-team action than many were expecting, following his summer move from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee in the region of £30 million.

But when given the chance, he made it count with a thunderous driven goal against Hull last month to properly introduce himself to his new set of supporters.

Perhaps surprisingly, his celebration after finding the back of the net for the first time in Arsenal shirt appeared fairly muted as he simply raised his index finger to his mouth, a gesture commonly associated with shushing someone.

Early theories speculated it might have been directed towards Arsene Wenger, who had given him limited playing time since moving to the club but Xhaka has refuted those claims and revealed the bizarre inspiration behind the celebration.

"It was spontaneous and I didn't plan it I think on the night before the game I dreamt about it," Xhaka told

"It was like deja vu and that's why I did it, I'd seen the celebration in a dream before emotions were high too."

Arsenal fans won't mind how he celebrates if the Swiss international can keep banging in goals like that.

Three days after the Hull match, Xhaka virtually replicated his first Gunners goal with another long-range strike against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.

As a result, every time the 24-year-old now has possession in the opposition's half the Emirates crowd urge him to shoot.

However, his teammate Theo Walcott admitted the other Arsenal players have told Xhaka to ignore the fans and shoot less frequently.

"Losing Francis [Coquelin] will be a big miss but having Xhaka to come in…obviously, the fans are encouraging him to shoot but we’re telling him not to shoot too often!" Walcott told BT Sport ahead of the Champions League tie against Basel last week.

Xhaka has only completed the full 90 minutes on three occasions but Wenger has the unusual luxury of having plenty of options to play in central midfield and therefore is likely to continue rotating regularly throughout the early stages of the season.

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