Xhaka admits his ‘heart was already gone’ from Arsenal until Arteta intervention

Arteta turned Xhaka’s Arsenal career around, the midfielder says (Picture: Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka has admitted he was resigned to leaving Arsenal after clashing with his own supporters last year, and the only reason he is still at the club today is down to Mikel Arteta.

The Swiss international was booed off by a section of Gunners fans when being substituted in a Premier League league game against Crystal Palace last October, and was subsequently stripped of the captaincy by Unai Emery.

Xhaka was taken out of the firing line and coincidentally made his return a month later against Frankfurt in the Europa League, which was Emery’s last game in charge before being sacked.

Xhaka was booed off by his own fans last year (Picture: Getty Images)

When Arteta arrived in December, he promised to give all players a clean slate, and despite being linked with a January move to Hertha Berlin, Xhaka ended up staying at the club.

The 28-year-old conceded that his ‘heart was already gone’ from Arsenal, but the former Manchester City assistant coach turned his future around.

‘I was completely surprised by this. I am a person, I have emotions, things hurt me too,’…