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Transfer: Arteta speaks on Xhaka leaving Arsenal in January

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EPL: Top midfielder, Xhaka reaches agreement with new club

Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has said Granit Xhaka will stay at the club.

Arteta stated this after the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Manchester United on New Year’s Day.

Xhaka’s future has been a subject of speculation, since he reacted furiously to fans booing him, when he was substituted in a 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace in October.

The Swiss midfielder was eventually stripped of the captaincy.

Last week, that the 27-year-old’s agent claimed they have agreed terms with Hertha Berlin.

Arteta, however, says the midfielder has told him he wants to remain in North London.

“I think he’s going to stay. I really like him. If we get him on board he can be a tremendous player for the football club,” the Spanish coach told a news conference.

“I love the way he is, the way he lives his profession. He is a great football player. Today he was excellent at cutting out passes and he made a lot of great passes. I like how focused he is, he’s willing to learn.”

Affairsofnaija Reports (AON)

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