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Revealed: The meaning behind Granit Xhaka’s goal celebration vs Sporting

An explanation for the new-look celebration made use of by Arsenal star Granit Xhaka on Thursday night has been forthcoming online.

Mikel Arteta’s troops, of course, are currently locked in action.

Fresh off another impressive triumph on the domestic front at the weekend, the Premier League table-toppers have welcomed Sporting CP to north London, for the 2nd-leg of the Europa League Last-16 tie between the two clubs.

And, after they could not be separated in Lisbon this day last week, once more, the sides remain deadlocked.

A thrilling affair, lit up by Pedro Goncalves’ stunning 2nd-half equaliser, is currently bound for a penalty shootout, amid a tense half-hour of extra-time.

Early in proceedings, with Arsenal in control at the Emirates, though, as alluded to above, the actions of midfield metronome Granit Xhaka piqued widespread attentions.

After picking out the far corner courtesy of a fine finish, Xhaka wheeled away towards the corner flag, before unveiling a new celebration with his right hand.

And an insight into the reasoning behind the 30-year-old’s post-goal endeavours has since been provided.

As revealed by Xhaka’s wife, Leonita, the celebration came as a tribute to young daughter Ayana:

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Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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