Mikel Arteta says he’s had an assurance from Granit Xhaka that he’s going to stay at Arsenal in spite of stories linking him with a move to Hertha Berlin.
The midfielder’s problems over the last few weeks and months have been well documented and we don’t need to get into them again. However, rumours of his departure intensified recently and it was widely though he’d depart in January.
However, after the 2-0 win over Man Utd at the Emirates, the Arsenal boss again spoke highly the Swiss international, and poured cold water on the idea that he might leave this month.
“I think he is going to stay,” said Arteta.
“He was very good, and I really like him. With the way we want to play, if we get him on board I think he can be a tremendous player for the football club.
“I like everything about him. His commitment, I like the way he is, the way he lifts his profession, how focused he is. Every time I am talking, he is listening and is willing to learn.
“He is a great football player. The way we want to play, there are not many with his quality on the ball, his range of pass, so I am delighted to have him.”
It won’t please everyone, but January is a difficult time to find quality in the transfer market, and midfield is an area we need depth.
It’s a situation that will probably be reassessed in the summer, and if Xhaka can play more frequently like he did tonight, who knows what might happen.