Managers are often criticised for fielding weakened teams in the EFL Cup, but two players certainly brought their A-game to the third round of the competition this season.
First up was Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka, who made it two long-range goals in two games with another thunderbolt against Nottingham Forest.
Xhaka does it again ! #afc
Another thunderbolt #NFFCvAFC
— Arsenal Latest (@ArsenalsNews) September 20, 2016
Saturday: Granit Xhaka scores from 30 yards vs. Hull. ð
Tuesday: Granit Xhaka scores 30 yards vs. Forest. ð pic.twitter.com/Jtwzylv2Hg
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 20, 2016
Donât back off Xhaka. He loves a shot from range. He lets fly here from 30 yards, Stojkovic helps it into net. 1-0 to #afc.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 20, 2016
Netting from around 30 yards, the Swiss midfielder’s shot took a deflection on the way in, negating its beauty somewhat.
And then Cesar Azpilicueta took more of the gloss off Xhaka’s effort.
WATCH A thunderous volley from Azpilicueta draws #CFC level against #LCFC. Watch SS1 or https://t.co/5MAXE7ujQb https://t.co/Qpw9V6R5cx
— Sky Football â½ï¸ (@SkyFootball) September 20, 2016
Well that certainly hit the back of the net. Azpilicueta with an absolute screamer. 2-2 #LCFCvCFC
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 20, 2016
Naturally, fans could not agree which was the better effort (although it was very probably Azpilicueta’s).
Or was it Xhaka’s?
I thought azpilicueta's volley was an absolute screamer until i saw xhaka's long range effort against nottingham.
— izzuddin rashid (@dinrshd_) September 20, 2016
Azpilicueta’s was hit so sweetly on the volley.
Azpilicueta > Xhaka. That's that.
— Zeeshan Masih (@ZeeshanMasih01) September 20, 2016
But then Xhaka’s was from so far out.
Great goal from Azpilicueta! Thunderbolt. He's been watching Xhaka!
— Jade (@Jadelike_) September 20, 2016
Azpilicueta’s goal didn’t take a deflection.
That Azpilicueta thunder bolt of a goal is what Arsenal fans want us to believe Xhaka scored. Deflection tingz ððð
— NotYourOrdinaryFarax (@Mofam_) September 20, 2016
But Xhaka has scored two like that in less than three days now…
Azpilicueta has been watching them Xhaka vids on YouTube.
— Jeremy Tlau (@Jeremy_Tlau) September 20, 2016
Azpilicueta's goal > Xhaka's goal
— Bolaji (@BadmonBoj) September 20, 2016
We’re just grateful we got to watch two such magnificent goals in one night.
Xhaka and Azpilicueta strikes of the night
— Granit Xhaba (@Thabz_Xaba) September 20, 2016
That ought to settle it.