Mikel Arteta reveals details of chat with Granit Xhaka amid Arsenal exit rumours

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 26 Dec 2019 9:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Comment Xhaka cupped his ear to the booing fans after he was substituted (Picture: Reuters)‘But I have been amazed by how this relationship is starting to come back a little bit and I think the fans have been very, very positive about him, and him as well.‘Obviously it is difficult to change completely the scenario from where he was to a magnificent one. But I think we are moving in the right direction with him.’MORE: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal to raid Juventus in January for Adrien RabiotMORE: Arsenal officially announce Mikel Arteta’s coaching teamMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Mikel Arteta reveals details of chat with Granit Xhaka amid Arsenal exit rumours Arteta is gearing up to make his managerial bow against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)‘I told him how much I like him, what I expect from him and how important he is for the team,’ revealed Arteta ahead of facing Bournemouth on Boxing Day.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I am here to help him, I want him to feel that we are right behind him. Not just myself but the whole club. If we can get the fans on his side I think it will be helpful for the team, which is where it matters.’Arteta was tasked with looking at midfield transfer targets when he first joined Man City in 2016 and Xhaka was one of the players he was interested in, with the Spaniard a long-time admirer.‘He was one of the players on my list. This is how much I liked him,’ Arteta continued.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I was happy when Arsenal signed him because I thought he was going to be a terrific player.‘He has done some really good things and now he has got stuck in a very difficult situation that was growing and growing and growing and one day it exploded.center_img The Swiss star was stripped of the captaincy after clashing with fans (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta insists Granit Xhaka has a future under him and is a big fan of the Swiss midfielder, even revealing that he wanted Manchester City to sign him.Xhaka was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after clashing with fans earlier this season and subsequently left out of the team by Unai Emery, though he was brought back into the fold by interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.He has started four of the Gunners’ last five Premier League matches and, despite being linked with a January return to Germany, Arteta says he will be counting on Xhaka. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

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