Granit Xhaka has joked it’s a shame his Arsenal contract ends in two years because he thinks the club is really going places.
While the Switzerland international has had one foot out of the door on more than one occasion, he’s now one of the longest-serving members of the Gunners’ first team.
What’s more, he’s also feeling the love from supporters who found him a prickly character even before his public meltdown in October 2019.
Facing questions from various outlets on a media day to promote the second tranche of Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary series, the 29-year-old even pinpointed his goal in April’s 3-1 win over Manchester United as a career highlight.
“It was maybe one of the greatest moments since signing for this club,” he explained.
“Everyone now knows what happened three years ago. Sitting here three years later and to say this was one of the greatest moments, three years ago I would have said this would never, ever happen.
“But I feel much more love from the fans, from my side as well. I am trying to build something with them again. It needs time, for sure, but I have the feeling that we are in a good way, for sure.”
He added: “With Rob Holding and Hector [Bellerin], I think I’m the only guy here from six or seven years ago, everyone else is new here.
“On one side, that makes me very proud. On the other side, you have to know the other players as well.
“We are building something very special here with the project with Mikel [Arteta] and stuff like this.
“It’s a shame I only have two years more on my contract. Let’s see what happens after two years, but I am seeing a big, big future for this club.”
It’s nice to hear that Granit is happy and settled. Given the esteem with which he’s held inside the dressing room, it’s important.
We definitely thought it was interesting that Odegaard handed him the armband when he was substituted at the tail-end of the Palace game.
That didn’t happen last season.