Mikel Arteta explains how he convinced Granit Xhaka to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta and Granit Xhaka are forging a good relationship (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has revealed the details of the heart-to-heart he had with Granit Xhaka which convinced the Swiss midfielder to stay at the club.Xhaka has had a turbulent season with the Gunners and his career in north London looked to be over after a public fallout with the fans which saw him stripped of the captaincy.A deal to take 27-year-old to Hertha Berlin looked to be agreed, but Arteta arrived to take over as manager in December and he quickly put a stop to those plans.The Spaniard has described how he spoke to the former Arsenal captain and explained that he sees him as a big part of his team going forward, as well as setting out a plan to heal the wounds of the previous few months.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The first message for him was that I wanted to understand how he was feeling, why he was feeling that way,’ said Arteta.‘I wanted him to hear from me my opinion on him, and that I was ready to support him and that I was ready to push the club to be supportive of him too, because I thought he could be a really, really good player for us and he could enjoy playing under me in this football club.‘I tried to convince him that way. He thought about it, he had a very positive response afterwards, and I think he changed his mind.’ Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Jan 2020 11:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link986Shares Xhaka’s low point came as he was booed off against Crystal Palace (Picture: Rex Features)The level-headed new Arsenal manager was keen to downplay the problems Xhaka had gone through earlier this season, describing them as commonplace in the modern game.The Swiss has started three of Arteta’s four games in charge of Arsenal so far and the Spaniard just wants to put the issues in the past.‘It’s very common now,’ said Arteta. ‘Every club has its own issues. Some things come within the club, some within the media, some from social media.More: 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‘It’s very difficult nowadays to have one full year where everything is perfect. It’s the environment, we have to deal with that and hopefully in a few months nobody remembers those issues.‘Of course it’s not ideal when players respond and it creates an instability. So as much as we can avoid it, the better.’Arsenal are looking to make it three wins on the spin under their new boss when they travel to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.MORE: Mikel Arteta against Gabriel Martinelli leaving Arsenal to join Brazil’s Olympic qualification tournamentMORE: Mikel Arteta explains plans for Emile Smith-Rowe as Arsenal work on loans for three youngsters Mikel Arteta explains how he convinced Granit Xhaka to stay at Arsenallast_img read more