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Former Arsenal star, who Arteta loves, is working to obtain his coaching badges

Former Arsenal star is currently working to get his UEFA A coaching license, having acquired the UEFA B during his time in England

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Former Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is reportedly making strides towards obtaining his UEFA A coaching license, marking a significant step in his post-playing career ambitions. 

The Swiss captain, who departed Arsenal last summer to join Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga under the tutelage of former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso, has emerged as a key figure in Die Werkself’s success this season.

Xhaka’s transition into coaching is underscored by his involvement with a German 5th division team, SC Union Nettetal, where he is reportedly conducting training sessions as part of his coaching education. The news, shared by @GauravAnlyst via Football Tweet, sheds light on Xhaka’s dedication to expanding his knowledge and skill set beyond the confines of the pitch.

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Despite his commendable contributions as a player, Xhaka’s coaching aspirations highlight a deeper commitment to the sport beyond his playing days. His journey from Arsenal to Bayer Leverkusen has seen him undergo a remarkable transformation, with his on-field performances garnering acclaim across Europe’s top leagues.

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Xhaka’s statistics speak volumes of his impact, boasting the highest pass success rate in the German league and leading in passes into the final third among Europe’s elite leagues.

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Xhaka’s pursuit of coaching qualifications not only reflects his personal ambition but also echoes a broader trend among professional footballers transitioning into coaching roles. Alongside former Arsenal teammates Mohamed Elneny, Rob Holding, and Cedric Soares, Xhaka completed his UEFA B License, engaging with coaching responsibilities within Arsenal’s youth setup while balancing his playing commitments.

Xhaka’s journey into coaching is facilitated by his experiences working under managers like Arsene Wenger, Mikel Arteta and engaging with coaching educators at renowned football institutions. His involvement in mentoring young talents like Ethan Nwaneri showcases his commitment to passing on wisdom and shaping the next generation of footballers.

Reflecting on his coaching endeavours while he was still in England, Xhaka acknowledges the transformative impact of coaching courses, emphasising how they broaden a player’s perspective and enhance their understanding of the game. 

“They give you a lot of advice and you take this with you and try to change it in your game,” Xhaka told the PFA during one coaching session. “As an active player, but as well for the future.”

He added: “You take this as a player as well on the pitch, because you see a bigger picture, from the outside.”

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