Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka had MORE touches in the opposition box than Son Heung-min as the ace blossoms in the advanced role

ARSENAL star Granit Xhaka has had more touches in the penalty area than Son Heung-min this season.

The midfielder scored the third goal in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday.

Granit Xhaka delivered a brilliant performance to score Arsenal's third goal against Tottenham

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Granit Xhaka delivered a brilliant performance to score Arsenal’s third goal against TottenhamPhoto credit: Getty
Son Heung-min had another game to forget at The Emirates

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Son Heung-min had another game to forget at The EmiratesCredit: EPA

He put in a clinical shot with his left foot after taking a touch to settle in the Spurs box.

As a result, Xhaka has now had 30 touches in opponents’ box this season – three more than striker Son has ever managed who scored.

The Spurs talisman has had a difficult start to the season, struggling for goals and assists – with the exception of his hat-trick against Leicester.

Son was hooked on The Emirates as Spurs fell behind in the second half and he was calm compared to the high standards he had set last season and in the years before.

Meanwhile, Xhaka is enjoying something of a renaissance in Mikel Arteta’s midfield with two goals and three assists in the Premier League.

Before Saturday, the Swiss’ touches in the opposition area had increased by 250 percent – with 3.58 touches per 90 minutes compared to 1.43 touches per 90 last season.

Xhaka, 30, has also produced an average of 1.9 key passes and is arguably playing the best football of his career.

Fans praised his leadership skills during the north London derby after he huddled his team-mates to hand out instructions after their first goal.

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Ian Wright also praised the ex-captain after the game and suggested Xhaka is playing like he has a ‘new life’.

Xhaka even took the captain’s armband for the final ten minutes after Martin Odegaard was substituted, showing he’s firmly back in the fans’ good books.

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