Mikel Arteta wants Granit Xhaka to stay despite Hertha BSC interest

Speaking at his press conference, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reiterated his desire for Granit Xhaka to remain at the club.

The 27-year-old has been the subject of a transfer away from the Emirates with Hertha BSC hoping to land Xhaka on a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.

Arteta told press he had a conversation with the Switzerland international to get his thoughts before stating he wants Xhaka to remain at the club.

“I had a conversation with him and I wanted to understand his feelings. That’s first, and his reason why he was thinking this wasn’t probably the right place for him to continue his career. I gave him my opinion, my perspective, and I told him I was ready to support him from the club perspective,” said Arteta.

“I wanted his team-mates to get his back and help him to change his mind because we need him. I believe that if we were able to do that, the fans would respond in a positive way. Because I have seen him act every day, how he trains, how he lives and the quality of the player. I think he could be a really important player for the club.

“From my perspective, I don’t want him to leave. I said to the club ‘no’ and I said to him ‘no’. After, in life, I cannot control what can happen.”

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