Granit Xhaka has played a vital role at Arsenal for Mikel Arteta’s new look Arsenal. Prior to Arteta’s appointment, Xhaka had been dropped by Unai Emery, his captaincy stripped and looked to be heading for Hertha Berlin in the January transfer window.
Since being recalled to the first team, Xhaka has played more minutes than any other midfielder at Arsenal and appears to have a big role to play in Arsenal’s long term future. Arteta waxed lyrical about the midfielder in a post-match press conference after Arsenal defeated Southampton 2-0 at St Mary’s Stadium.
“Yeah, he’s a natural leader, He’s someone who is always 1,000 per cent committed, not just for himself but to help all his teammates all the time.”Mikel Arteta – June 26. 2020
Xhaka was voted as the Arsenal captain in September 2019, following the departure of Laurent Koscielny. His performances under Unai Emery were heavily scrutinized and after being subsituted in a match against Crystal Palace, he swore at supporters and ripped his shirt off before storming down the tunnel.
His performances since Arteta joined the club have been far more impressive though and he looks indispensible to the Arsenal midfield. More importantly, he seems to be enjoying himself again.
“There is not only one way to be a captain, you can be a captain in many different ways. Be yourself, express yourself, play with the passion and set an example to your teammates. That is, for me, a leader.”Mikel Arteta – June 26. 2020
Will Xhaka wear the captain’s armband for Arsenal in the future? Do you think he should?
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