Arteta salutes Granit Xhaka’s ‘crucial’ influence on Arsenal before final bow | Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has paid tribute to the “crucial” influence of Granit Xhaka on his Arsenal side before what is expected to be the midfielder’s final game for the club. Xhaka is likely to join Bayer Leverkusen early in the summer transfer window and his rehabilitation from outcast to mainstay has been a major success of Arteta’s tenure.

It is well documented that, when Arteta took over in December 2019, Xhaka was on the verge of leaving after a high-profile falling-out with the Emirates support that meant he was dropped and stripped of the captaincy by Unai Emery. The turnaround has…


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