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Midfielder promises to “try everything” to convince the Arsenal star to leave

Mikel Arteta

Granit Xhaka’s brother has vowed to “do everything” to get the Arsenal midfielder playing alongside him at Basel.

With a game left to play, Mikel Arteta’s team leads the Premier League standings. They are two points clear of second-place Manchester City. All season, the Gunners have been in outstanding form.

With three goals and five assists in the Premier League, the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Xhaka has improved his attacking contributions and been a crucial part of their success this season.

Taulant, Granit’s older brother, has been rooting for him from afar and is eager to join him at FC Basel in Switzerland, where Granit began his professional career.

Taulant opens up on brother Granit Xhaka

“We often talk about it,” Taulant told Blick.

“He is tied to Arsenal until 2024, maybe he will extend for another year. But then it would be possible, but he would have to come in 2026 at the latest.”

“He also wants to play for the FCB again, together with me. Even if it’s only for ten minutes: I’ll do everything for that.”

Many former players and pundits are taking notice of Xhaka’s performances for Arsenal this term and ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell can’t believe the difference.

Speaking earlier this year, Campbell said: “He’s [Granit Xhaka] definitely changed my mindset, I’ve got to say that. I’ve got to give credit where it’s due.”

“Granit Xhaka, 9 months ago wasn’t the same player that he is now. He was improving but he still had fouls in him, still wasn’t consistent.”

“But I’ve got to say, this season, the manager’s [Mikel Arteta] challenged him and he’s come back and been a revelation.”

“Obviously, he’s playing a little further forward, which helps. But he’s been nothing short of remarkable with what he’s doing.”

With their 1-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday, Arsenal continued their impressive road record this year.

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Arteta has his say on Arsenal away game records

On their away record, Arteta told reporters: “I think performances. I think to do what to do what the team has done here today is very, very difficult.”

“I think we dominated the game from the start almost to finish, we had a difficult 10 or so minutes where we gave so many balls away that we lost a little bit of control, but in general, I think our play and understanding of the space, how they were pressing, how we got into final third positions was excellent.”

“We lacked a little bit of that final pass to score more or create bigger chances, I think we weren’t over the decision with the disallowed goal, which was difficult to take, but to stay really focussed and determined to do that.”

“I think defensively we were incredible because we restrict Leicester to one shot on target in the whole game at home is a difficult thing to do. The players did really well.”

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