New signing Granit Xhaka is showing why Arsenal set out to lure him from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.
Xhaka scored on a long-range blast for the second straight game, giving Arsenal a 1-0 lead over Nottingham Forest in their League Cup third round match on Tuesday, which Arsenal went on to win 4-0. Xhaka lined up his chance from about 35 yards and let rip, with goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic unable to keep it out despite getting his hand on the shot.
Xhaka did essentially the same thing against Hull City on Saturday, scoring his first Premier League goal in spectacular fashion during a 4-1 victory.
Watch the two efforts below:
Arsenal, which received the first two goals of Lucas Perez's club career and another from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the win, will happily accept Xhaka running his goal-scoring streak to three, with the Gunners facing Chelsea in a London derby on Saturday at the Emirates.
Also of note from an American angle was 19-year-old U.S. prospect Gedion Zelalem coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute, making his first first-team appearance with Arsenal since Dec. 9, 2014.