Arsenal missed the chance to make it five wins on the bounce in all competitions as they played out a goalless draw against Crystal Palace.
The Emirates Stadium clash was an uneventful one – but that’s ideal for Granit Xhaka’s sake.
Xhaka reacted badly after being substituted off against Palace back in October 2019Getty Images – Getty
But Xhaka made some important blocks to deny Palace this timeGetty Images – Getty
The same fixture last season nearly spelled the end of his Gunners career as he retaliated to being booed off the pitch by the fans as they struggled to a 2-2 draw against the Eagles.
It wasn’t the perfect performance from the former captain but he made things count when preventing the visitors from building attacks.
Xhaka denied Zaha a probable goal when he made a timely block to deny Wilfied Zaha in the first half.
And the Switzerland international made an important contribution after the break when he cut out a dangerous Zaha cross which was heading straight for an unmarked Christian Benteke in the Arsenal box.
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