Granit Xhaka, a Swiss midfielder who plays for Premier League side Arsenal, has opened up on why he remained at the club despite being stripped of the captain’s armband nearly three years ago.
Xhaka who believes he doesn’t need the captain’s armband to be a leader within the Gunners squad reiterated that manager Mikel Arteta is the reason he has remained at the club.
“Arteta is the reason why I’m still at this football club. All of the club knows why I am still here, because three years ago I was gone,” the Swiss midfielder explained in separate comments.
“My suitcases were packed and finished, but I had a meeting with Mikel when he came – he wanted to hear my opinion about what had happened and I explained to him. I didn’t speak with family, with nobody, and normally I don’t do that. But I said, ‘OK, Mikel – I will stay for you’. And I’m still here.”