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Arsenal midfielder Xhaka started as a striker!

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka operated as a striker during his boyhood days.

That is according to brother Taulant who revealed some insight into the Gunners' summer signing in an interview with The Telegraph.

FC Basel star Taulant, 25, is preparing to take on his younger sibling in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

"Every day was the same," Albania international Taulant said of his Swiss brother Granit.

"We played football together after school with all our friends until it got dark.

"Granit was a striker when he was very young; he used to score lots of goals. I play in a slightly more defensive role.

"Granit has this 40-yard pass. It's a strength that I could maybe learn from him."

Andrew Slevison
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