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Emery defends Arsenal skipper Xhaka for ducking McTominay’s strike

Unai Emery has defended Granit Xhaka despite the Arsenal captain appearing to duck out of the way of Scott McTominay’s strike in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second half equaliser rescued a point for Arsenal at Old Trafford, after midfielder McTominay had fired home a fierce opener for the hosts.

Under-fire Xhaka has come under fierce criticism for his displays in recent weeks and footage of McTominay’s strike seemed to show the Switzerland international ducking away from the ball.

Emery, though, has come to the defence of the 27-year-old, who was this week named as the club’s new permanent captain.

“He ran back, he was maybe the first, in this action,” Emery said.

“I didn’t see that action [him ducking] but I watched him running back. He did perfect with that run.

“He worked with a big commitment, he was in the pitch with a good balance, defensively and offensively. I think he worked well.”

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