Granit Xhaka will stay at Arsenal, says Mikel Arteta

LONDON: Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has said Granit Xhaka He will stay at the club after the Swiss midfielder produced a gritty performance to help his team win 2-0 at Manchester United on Wednesday.

Xhaka was in the line of fire early in the season after reacting furiously to fans who booed him when he was replaced in a 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace in October.

The incident led him to be stripped of the captaincy and also saw him set aside by Arteta's predecessor. Unai Emery for a month.

Xhaka has started six of the last eight Arsenal league games, but the British newspaper The Times reported Tuesday that he was looking to leave in the January transfer window, saying the 27-year-old was aiming to move to the side of the Bundesliga Hertha Berlin

Arteta, however, said the midfielder told him he wanted to remain in North London, and also praised him for his performance against United, which was Arsenal's first victory in five games and led them to tenth place in the standings. .

I think it will stay. I really like it. If we succeed, he can be a great player for the football club, the Spanish coach said at a press conference.

I love how he is, how he lives his profession. He is a great soccer player. Today was excellent cutting passes and made many great passes. I like how concentrated he is, he is willing to learn.

Arteta suffered a difficult home debut, with Arsenal conceding two late goals to lose 2-1 to Chelsea on Sunday, but he was glad to get out of the mark and praised his players for how they reacted against United.

I am very satisfied with the performance and even more with the result. I told the players that what you transmit to the fans is up to you, he said.

I want to thank the fans for the energy they brought.