Xhaka: This team does have character

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Granit Xhaka says Saturday’s 2-1 win over Swansea is further evidence that the team has the kind of character others have accused them of lacking.

The Gunners were questioned after the 2-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road, but have won four in a row since then, and the Swiss midfielder believes coming from behind shows there’s some mental strength within the squad.

“It’s the third time in a week that the team have come from behind to win, that says a lot about this team,” he said.

“Lots of people talk about the character of our team, that it’s not right and that we need to do more. But we always show that we can come back.

“Today we were 1-0 down, last week we were 1-0 down, but we turned the games around and that shows the character of this team.”

With the side trailing at the break, Xhaka says half-time instructions from Wenger helped turned things around.

“The manager told us at half-time that we had to give more, that we had to be more aggressive and play quicker.

“In the second half, we played as we know we can and it was very important for us to win.”

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