The Swiss thanked Arteta for giving him a new opportunity in the Gunners, after the anger with the fans that he had in late 2019.
Granit xhaka revealed that he was “very, very close” to abandoning Arsenal in January and had words of thanks towards Mikel Arteta for giving him a second chance.
The Swiss appeared ready for departure after he was stripped of the captaincy in November for reacting angrily to fans who booed him when he was replaced during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace the previous month. He then regained his place and eight months later is a regular member of the starting lineup again.
“Everyone knows what happened to me and the fans, or the fans with me. It wasn’t a good time. It wasn’t a good time. But maybe it was the key because I came back stronger than ever, so I learned a lot from this situation. I hope fans have done it too, “he told BT Sport.
“I have to be honest, I am very honest with everyone. I was very, very close to leaving the club. Until that moment, I had a great time at this football club, but after this of course I was a little depressed because I did not expect that of the people, of the fans “, he pointed out.
About Arteta, who replaced Unai Emery on the season, he said: “He turned me around and gave me a second chance, and showed me that he trusted me and I’ve tried to give it all back.”
“Since Mikel joined this club, many things have changed. The mentality, the spirit, not only for us players, but also in the group. Everyone knows exactly what their job is, we have a clear game plan,” he said. .
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