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Granit Xhaka sends warning to Arsenal teammates over top four chances

Granit Xhaka starred in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Ham (Picture: Astrosports)

Granit Xhaka has warned his Arsenal teammates they must be more streetwise away from home if they hope to secure a place in the Premier League’s top four.

The Gunners produced one of their most accomplished performances of the season so far last night, swatting aside West Ham at the Emirates thanks to second half goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe.

Mikel Arteta’s team put the controversy surrounding his decision to axe skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to one side and leapfrogged their London rivals in the table and moved into the final Champions League qualifying spot for the first time this season.

Arsenal now have the joint best home record in the division, but their form on the road could undermine the target of returning to Europe’s elite club competition with recent defeats at Everton, Manchester United and Liverpool highlighting issues that are still apparent in Arteta’s emerging side.

Leeds, meanwhile, will be smarting from Tuesday’s humiliating defeat against Manchester City and Xhaka was urged his teammates to be ‘more clever’ when they face Marcelo Bielsa’s relegation threatened side.

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‘We are looking much much better at home but if you want to be in the top four you have to win and you have to also take the points away from home,’ Xhaka told Stadium Astro.

‘Hopefully this can start against Saturday against Leeds. But yes, we have to improve away we have to be more clever, more solid.

‘We can’t play every time the same game at home and away. We have to be more clever and start from the experienced players to the young guys.’

Arteta, meanwhile, was delighted with last night’s effervescent display and is hopeful his youthful side can build on a promising display.

He said: ‘I’m really pleased with the performance, the attitude, the commitment and the quality that we showed in the game, and the chemistry that we generated again with our supporters.

To win a game at home is really important, because it sets the tone of the team against a really good side that is very difficult to dominate the way we did today.’


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