Sporting star trolls Granit Xhaka over goal celebration after Arsenal crash out

Sporting Lisbon star Pedro Goncalves trolled Granit Xhaka by mimicking the celebration the Arsenal star had dedicated to his daughter after the Gunners were dumped out of the Europa League.

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After a thrilling 2-2 draw in the Portuguese capital last week, Xhaka got Mikel Arteta’s side up and running at the Emirates in Thursday’s second leg clash, lashing home after 19 minutes after Gabriel Martinelli’s effort was saved.  

Goncalves levelled the contest just after the hour mark with a stunning goal of the season contender, beating Aaron Ramsdale with a breath-taking lob from the halfway line.

Antonio Adan was in inspired form in the Sporting goal, making crucial saves in extra time as the contest went to penalties.

Adan was again the hero in the shoot-out, keeping out Martinelli’s effort to send his side into the quarter-finals of the competition.

As Sporting players ran to celebrate with their fans in the away end, Goncalves was seen mimicking Xhaka’s earlier goal celebration.

The Switzerland midfielder had earlier dedicated his goal to his young daughter Ayana.

During the match, his wife Leonita shared a clip of their child repeating the celebration right back to her father as she watched him put Arsenal ahead on television.  

While Arsenal are top of the Premier League with a five point advantage over Manchester City, club captain Martin Odegaard was left to rue the early European exit.

‘I think we did enough in some periods of the game but most of the game we weren’t on the level we should be,’ he told BT Sport.

‘We didn’t play our best football. It was a tight game in the end, it could have gone both ways.

‘They are a good team, we knew that, we were prepared. It was more about us today, we didn’t play the way we normally do with the same energy we normally do. Now we have to look forward.

‘We have to remember it’s been a great season, it’s a big blow to go out of this competition. But now we look forward to the league, that’s all we can do now.

‘We win and lose together. It doesn’t matter. When we’re winning everyone is happy, when we lose we have to pick up the spirit. We win and lose together.’

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