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Basel star Taulant Xhaka: Playing Arsenal and Granit in the CL is a dream

FC Basel's Taulant Xhaka admits it is a massive privilege to play against his brother in the Champions League.

The Swiss champions meet Arsenal, the club of Taulant's younger sibling Granit, at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night in what will be the second high-profile meeting between the Xhaka pair.

Taulant, 25, and Granit, 24, clashed at Euro2016 in the summer when Albania met Switzerland in France and the older brother is now excited to come face to face in Europe's premier club competition.

"I was a bit afraid to start with as I didn't want to injure him," Taulant told The Telegraph of Albania's 1-0 defeat to Granit's Swiss side in Lens in June.

"As the game went on you relax and focus just on the game.

"To play against Arsenal in the Champions League is a childhood dream. It will be special.

"We both go into it with the same thoughts; that we need to win and give everything."

Andrew Slevison
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