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Xhaka credits Arteta with his turn around at Arsenal

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Granit Xhaka has given credit to his manager Mikel Arteta for the turn around in his one time all but over Arsenal career.

Not long before Mikel Arteta took over at Arsenal, Granit Xhaka was the club captain. However, after an incident that saw the player exchange pleasantries with upset fans, he was stripped of the armband and all but cast into the shadows of the Emirates Stadium.

It was believed that his career at the club was over. The sacking of Unai Emery saw the spotlight diverted for a short time away from the midfielder.

Now under Mikel Arteta, he has seen his career revived at the club and his relationship with the fans reconciled.

The Swiss international credits the turn around to his new boss.

Ahead of the Gunners FA Cup final clash, where Arteta will almost certainly deploy the defensive midfielder, he thanks the Spanish tactician for granting him a second chance.

In an interview reported by Goal, Xhaka said:

“Everyone knows what happened with me and the fans – or the fans with me. It was not a good time. It was not a nice time.” 

“But maybe it was the key because I came back stronger than ever, so I learned a lot from this situation. I hope the fans have too.”

“I was always saying to myself, but to the fans too, I am a guy that will go 100 percent each game. The people start to understand me more and more now again.”

“I have to be honest, I’m very honest with everyone. I was very, very close to leaving the club.”

“When Mikel arrived, I had a very good meeting with him, very good conversations.” 

“Mikel was the guy. He turned me around and gave me a second chance, and he showed me he trusted me and I have tried to give him everything back.”