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Jamie Redknapp was amazed by the 29-year-old Arsenal’s “nerves of steel” in the win against Chelsea

Jamie Redknapp has praised Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka for showing “nerves of steel” in his side’s 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The set-up for Emile Smith Rowe’s goal was a beauty because it started in Arsenal’s own penalty area.

After recapturing the ball from Timo Werner, Xhaka carried the ball out of his box, nutmeged Marcos Alonso over and then found Martin Odegaard in the center of the field.

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That action, which also included Bukayo Saka, was then ended by Smith Rowe on the edge of the box after putting the ball perfectly into the bottom corner.

Xhaka’s nutmeg was highlighted by Redknapp as he praised the hard-hitting midfielder for showing his cool in such a punchy moment. as he told Sky Sports Premier League.

“Holding took a risk there,” Redknapp said. “Granit Xhaka has nerves of steel. Some nutmeg on Marcos Alonso.

“Then they are free. Great move by Odegaard. He sets up the pass between the lines. Then they move.

“Chelsea then staggers, Saka comes in, he sees the pass to Odegaard and Loftus Cheek sleeps for a second and doesn’t see Smith Rowe on his back. And then the finish is beautiful. It’s a thing of beauty.”

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With Thomas Partey absent through injury, Mikel Arteta has had to deal with a large hole in the middle of his pitch.

Previously, Albert Sambi Lokonga was the man chosen alongside Xhaka, with the Switzerland captain also featured at left-back.

But against Chelsea, it was the experienced Mohamed Elneny who came into play as he and Xhaka led proceedings in west London.

This is perhaps a pairing Arteta should have chosen once Partey was unable to play as it was a treat last night.

In other news, Gary Lineker sends a 2-word tweet about the graphic featuring the Spurs player at Manchester United

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