The term ‘unsung hero’ has become something of a misnomer over the years. In football at least, it is usually used to describe less a player who doesn’t get much recognition, and more a 50-cap defensive midfielder who to only the most casual observer is anything but very much sung.

Even now you’ll still sometimes hear observations along the lines of: “Tell you what, for me, that Fernandinho is absolutely crucial to City. He may not be as glamorous as yer De Bruynes, yer Silvas, but he’s such an unsung hero.”

Granit Xhaka
Xhaka scored his fourth goal of the season for Arsenal

Arsenal moved above Manchester in the race for the top four – and you rated Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka as man of the match.

The Swiss international opened the scoring with a swerving shot from long range which wrong-footed United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s second from the penalty spot in the second half.


Konstantin (aka Leon Brookhill) was born in Moscow's Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. He was recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army started up as Soviet blogger 'Maaxmann', later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the 'High Life'. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung...later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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