Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of appointing Mikel Arteta as their new manager – with former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso potentially arriving with him as a coach – and Gunners fans are excited to see what that could mean for Granit Xhaka, who earns £90,000-a-week according to The Sun.
The Switzerland international has been a regular in the north London outfit’s midfield under Arsene Wenger since he joined them in 2016, but he perhaps hasn’t made the big impact that some were expecting of him, with many of his own fans criticising his performances on Twitter at times this season.
However, there is no doubt that working alongside Arteta – and potentially Alonso – who were both brilliant midfielders at this level could certainly help the 25-year-old improve.
Arsenal supporters, 71% of whom want to see Hector Bellerin replaced by a 26-year-old Frenchman at right-back next season, have been quick to have their say on the potential link-up between the trio via social media, and while one said “Xhaka will be truly world class under them”, another said “Xabi Alonso would help develop him”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I think Xhaka, Iwobi, Reiss, and Jack would benefit the most out of everyone in the squad by Arteta's appointment. Positioning is our biggest issue in midfield. And our young wingers need confidence in their abilities. Mikel could straighten that right out.
— Luke Dogwalker (@Teejus_Khrist) May 20, 2018
3 goals and 7 assists for Xhaka this season.
Not amazing, but decent numbers. There's an amazing player in there, hope Mikel brings it out!
— Renato (@th14Renato) May 18, 2018
Yeh I think our first few months of Mikel will probably be fresh and exciting, then cracks (hopefully small ones) will start to show. I'm very excited to see what Mikel can bring to Xhaka's game, and Ramsey's if he stays.
— Thomas Cassidy (@ThomasC55258446) May 18, 2018
Despite the faith I have in @Ains_7 I still think we need one more midfield recruitment. A deep lying MD with greater defensive awareness than Xhaka who I believe has been misused. If true, then Xabi Alonso could help develop him
— #QueerCypher (@Gyre_SA) May 19, 2018
The dream. He would improve him so much. pic.twitter.com/8n3yWorzAl
— Mike Gutierrez (@SlaynWilder) May 18, 2018
Also imagine how good Xhaka could be if Xabi was Arteta's assistant. He would flourish
— jay watkins (@JayBlaze327) May 18, 2018
3 people that are gonna smash it under Arteta. Xhaka Iwobi and Jack
— Xavier (@allergri) May 20, 2018
Either way i'm excited to see Xhaka under Arteta. I think he can help him alot. And imagine if the rumours of Xabi being the assistant is true. My god Xhaka will be truly world class under them
— 〽️ikel (@MathiasBleng) May 15, 2018
Granit Xhaka- had some good and some bad. Was one of our best players from March on and showed why we should keep him. So vital to our build up, really hope Arteta can develop him into a world class regista. pic.twitter.com/Fj1sRugcam
— Collin (@afccollin) May 19, 2018