Sporting Lisbon goal hero Pedro Goncalves mocks Granit Xhaka after Arsenal penalty agony

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Pedro Goncalves proved his side’s hero in the Emirates, rubbing salt in the Gunners’ wounds after his side eliminated Arsenal from the Europa League

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Sporting Lisbon star Pedro Goncalves rubbed salt in Arsenal’s wounds after taunting Granit Xhaka following the Gunners’ Europa League exit.

The north London side were eliminated from Europe in the round of 16 on Thursday night following a penalty shoot-out defeat. Nuno Santos was the eventual game winner for the Portuguese side at the Emirates Stadium but it was arguably Goncalves who put his name in the spotlight.

It all started so well for Arsenal after Xhaka gave Arsenal the lead. He duly celebrated by putting his hand to his nose and wiggling his fingers in what appeared to be a message to his daughter – if the Swiss woman’s Instagram post was anything.

Former Wolves man Goncalves then equalized with a stunning goal. After being given too much space in the heart of midfield, he threw Gunners goaltender Aaron Ramsdale from near the halfway line.

The Portuguese celebrated wildly after his dream goal, but it wasn’t until Sporting beat their hosts on penalties that he got a little carried away. He went to the visiting fans huddled in the corner and copied Xhaka’s celebration.

During the game itself, former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell purred over Goncalves’ goal. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “What an incredible goal by Goncalves. He spotted Ramsdale off his line.

Granit Xhaka’s celebration seemed to be a message to his daughter(Instagram/ Leonita Xhaka)
Granit Xhaka celebrates after putting Arsenal ahead against Sporting(Getty Images)

What do you think went wrong for Arsenal against Sporting Lisbon? Share your thoughts in the comments below

“Arsenal were very wasteful in the middle of the pitch. They gave the ball away the whole second half.

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