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Mikel Arteta has told Granit Xhaka that the midfielder’s future lies with Arsenal despite reports in Germany linking him with Hertha Berlin. The new head coach also revealed that Xhaka was a potential transfer target for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City before the player’s move to north London.

Xhaka has recently been reintegrated into Arsenal’s side after a month-long absence caused by his fallout with a section of the support. He has started four matches in December and, with Arteta watching from the Goodison Park stands on Saturday, was one of their better performers in the goalless draw with Everton. It has been a relatively successful return, perhaps helped by the club’s managerial situation dominating the news cycle, and Arteta believes he can build on that with a player he has always rated.

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