Mikel Arteta says he has convinced Granit Xhaka to stay at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta says he has convinced Granit Xhaka to stay at Arsenal

- Mikel Arteta seems to have convinced Xhaka to stay at Arsenal

- This comes after reports claimed the midfielder has agreed terms with Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin

- But Arteta now claims that Xhaka has changed his mind about making a move to Germany

Mikel Arteta has made it clear that he has convinced Granit Xhaka to change his decision by staying at the Emirates stadium this season.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been tipped to leave the Gunners after his outburst against Arsenal fans who booed him against Crystal Palace in October 2019.

His anger to react against the fans cost him his captaincy as former Arsenal manager Unai Emery replaced him with Aubameyang as the captain.

There were reports that Granit Xhaka agreed deal with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin in December 2019 and Arteta now appears to have pulled the plug.

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"The first message for him was that I wanted to understand how he was feeling, why he was feeling that way.

"I wanted him to hear from me my opinion on him, and that I was ready to support him and that I was ready to push the club to be supportive of him too, because I thought he could be a really, really good player for us and he could enjoy playing under me in this football club.

"I tried to convince him that way. He thought about it, he had a very positive response afterwards, and I think he changed his mind,'' Arteta explained according to the report on Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are currently occupying 10th position on the Premier League standings with 27 points after 21 games.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Arsenal new boss Mikel Arteta completed his first signing after handing club youngster Harry Clarke a new long term deal.

The 37-year-old tactician signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Gunners this month as replacement for Unai Emery.

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Source: Legit.ng

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