Date: 7th December 2016 at 2:31pm
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Granit Xhaka and Alex Iwobi have both given their reaction to last night’s victory over Basel in the Champions League.

Taking the four one victory in Group A and ending in top spot given Paris Saint-Germain’s result, Xhaka was first up on the after game interview pieces and with him returning to the club where he started his career, he was delighted with his performance.

Speaking to the Official Site with the statistics recording him as having 104 passes, 125 touches and 14 duels, he was above his colleagues on that front on the evening, and the Swiss international explained.

‘It`s a good experience, a nice experience. Arsenal is a very big club and it`s so much fun to play alongside my team-mates. I`m really happy here. I came home after five years. Here at Basel is where I made my first professional steps, I came up and grew up through the FC Basel school.’

It wasn’t just his old team he was facing either, it was the third time playing opposite his brother.

‘Tonight I played against my brother for the third time too, and it`s always special to play against him.’

As for Iwobi, he found the net on the day having been assisted by Mesut Ozil and in his interview with the official site it was very much a case of all credit to our German playmaker.

‘It`s been a good night. I wouldn`t say my goal was a cracker but it was a great assist by Mesut.’

It was of course Iwobi’s first goal of the campaign and rather than being a long time in coming, he felt it had certainly been coming in his recent outings.

‘It`s felt like a long time coming and it`s always a great feeling to score a goal, but I`m just pleased with the teamĀ¹s performance and that we were able to finish top of the group. Having a second leg at home is a big advantage in the knockout stage and it gives you the belief that you can do it. However, the Champions League is full of top teams.’

Iwobi ended by saying that the players were given the half time score of the PSG game and it was a good motivation for them.

‘We saw the scores at half-time when we were walking into the dressing room. It gave us that extra belief so we just had to maintain our positive approach. We dropped off a bit which is why we conceded, but we still completed the job.’

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