Granit Xhaka has turned around the perception of most Arsenal fans about him, as he is now one of the club’s leading players.
The Swiss midfielder had fallen out with the Gooners in 2019 and nearly left the club in January of the next year.
However, Mikel Arteta convinced him to stay, and he has become one of the leading players under the Spanish manager.
He scored one of the goals in Arsenal’s match against Manchester United recently and it is a strike he will remember for a long time.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder reveals in a recent interview that his family, including his dad, was in the stands when he scored, which makes the goal even more special.
“It was special. My whole family was in the stands, my father came from Switzerland to watch the match,” Xhaka told TV2.
“It’s always special when you score at home, but this was special because I had not scored in a long time for Arsenal. It was a key moment for me. I forgot everything there and then. I just wanted to enjoy it with my teammates, with the fans, with the people around. It was a good feeling.”
Just Arsenal Opinion
Xhaka has been a divisive figure at the club since he joined us, but we cannot deny that he has stepped up his game in recent weeks.
He would keep doing his job and the least we can do is to continue showing him support.
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Mikel Arteta’s direct quote:
“His character, the way he approaches problems, how he’s willing to change things, improve constantly to become a better person and a better player.
So great to him for what he’s done.”
Xhaka is voted April’s player of the month, with Elneny a close second.
To think that some” fans” wanted them out of the club and claimed they would never wear the shirt again 😂😂
“Some fans” still want both those sub-par players out of our club. Even sub- par players have occasional good games and I agree that both have played better of very late.
But that does not even nearly wipe away the dismal fact that BOTH are way below the standard we need if we are truly ambitious. Neither would get anywhere near the squad of our serious rivals and that is plain to most, even if not to you Ken
To be clear, my loyalties are always with the club and when players are not of the standard we badly need, I want them replaced by better, even if you do not.
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Not so fast, there should be no rush now to get rid of Xhaka, he should remain while we rebuild.
Presently its Xhaka and Odegaard who manages the game on the gaffer behalf additionally he is extremely influential in the dressing room.
His commitment is never in question
Xhaka have really out grown some of those of his character that makes the fans furious with him, we should give him some more games time to improve his playing style