Xhaka and Azpilicueta scored sensational goals in the EFL Cup, and nobody can agree which was better
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.