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Arteta: ‘Xhaka’s been phenomena’

Mon 18 January 2021 | 9:15

Mikel Arteta has been impressed by Granit Xhaka’s performance.

Arsenal

midfielder

Granit Xhaka

received a straight red card in the game against Burnley as he grabbed Ashley Westwood by the neck. Arsenal lost 1-0 and since then they have been performing poorly as they even slipped near the relegation spots.

However, since Xhaka’s return, they have been able to win three and draw one of their last four league games and are now 11th in the

Premier League

table.

Xhaka has started their last four games and has been impressing Arsenal manager

Mikel Arteta

.

“After the red card and with the history that he had, he was in a difficult place and we had to try and bring him back where we believe he can be and where he should be – which is being one of the leaders of the team and giving us stability and the presence he can provide to the team and to the club," Arteta said.

“I think since he’s been back he’s been phenomenal; he’s playing really, really well. Against Palace, he had some really important moments and he’s still young. He’s still a player who can evolve. It’s great for us to have him back.”

The Gunners are going to face Newcastle on Monday and they have provided updates on a number of injured players like

Kieran Tierney

and

Gabriel Martinelli

.

The club stated:

"Gabi is now back in full training and is available for selection.

"Kieran has recovered from his tight calf and is back in training with the squad. Kieran will be assessed and tested ahead of Monday’s match.

Pablo

has sustained a mild strain to his calf and will continue to rehabilitate in the coming days.”


source: SportMob