Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been one of the most important components of Mikel Arteta’s side’s phenomenal form this season. As a result, Arsenal finds themselves five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Not long ago, Granit Xhaka was trying to force a move out of the club after falling out with the Arsenal fans in 2019. The Swiss was subbed off the field by manager Unai Emery, and on his way off the pitch, the home support offered their opinions on how the Swiss international was playing. Unai Emery was later sacked by the Arsenal camp in November of 2019 and turned to a former player and captain of Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, to become the new head coach.
We’ve now recently discovered why Granit Xhaka decided to stay at Arsenal.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Xhaka states, “He (Arteta) is the reason why I’m still at this football club.” Since Mikel came in, Xhaka has turned his Arsenal career around, which nobody thought was possible back in November 2019.
He is currently playing a more advanced midfield role under Mikel Arteta, which sees him producing goals and assists, something he has yet to do much of in his career. As a result, Xhaka scored three goals compared to his one last season and got four assists compared to his two the previous season.
Granit Xhaka has done a complete U-turn, which says everything you need to know about Arteta and what he has done for the midfielder to revive his Arsenal career. He has become the captain without the armband and one of the league’s best midfielders this season.
For Arsenal’s fantastic form to continue, they will need Granit Xhaka’s form to stay exactly where it is right now, with him playing the best football of his entire career.