Xhaka on first Arteta meeting: I told him I was leaving Arsenal

Granit Xhaka admits he told Mikel Arteta he wanted to leave Arsenal on the first day they met.

Xhaka has revealed how manager Arteta saved his career despite having his bags packed.

Back in 2019, just months after being booed by his own fans, who he then told to f**k off, Xhaka was ready to leave.

The midfielder was on the verge of signing for Hertha Berlin but Arteta, who had literally just arrived at the club, asked him for six more months.

Xhaka said: “In our first conversation I told him that I was going. He just said: ‘Stay, I will make sure that you deliver top performances. Please give me six months’.

“He told me his ideas and his philosophy. I just knew it would work out with him. For the first time in my life I made a decision all by myself.”