Arsenal fans have showered praise on Granit Xhaka for his incredible turnaround at the club.
The midfielder might well have been lining up for a different team right now, after his future was thrown into serious doubt following his behaviour against Crystal Palace last season.
The Switzerland international reacting angrily to being booed by fans as he was being substituted against the Eagles.
He lost the captaincy over the incident, and he was reportedly close to leaving in January.
But Mikel Arteta convinced the player to stay and turn things around, which is exactly what he has done.
The star has been virtually ever-present under the Spaniard and has put in several huge performances in 2020.
From having been on the verge of leaving, to now being arguably one of the first names on the team sheet, Xhaka’s renaissance in north London is complete.
The passion. The commitment. The work rate.
❤️ Granit Xhaka pic.twitter.com/cXctuFLtC6
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 27, 2020
Arsenal’s official club Twitter was on hand to recognise the star’s journey, posting a birthday appreciation tweet with the message ‘The passion. The commitment. The work rate’.
The tweet prompted a big response from supporters, many of whom showered praise on the £100,000-a-week player (Spotrac) for restoring his reputation:
— brighten (@u_bhekani) September 27, 2020
Happy birthday @Arsenal Midfield General. Cheers
— Anthony Okey (@AnthonyOkey6) September 27, 2020
Most improved AFC player 👊
— Messi Özil (@WeAreOzil) September 27, 2020
Most underrated midfielder in the premier league at this time. Swear no rival fans put respect on this guys name. Whenever he’s not playing our game is sloppy 🤷♂️
— jake (@jake99861081) September 27, 2020
— Nana1 (@KINGSLE68481367) September 27, 2020
His passion, commitment & workrate is unmatched. But it would become much greater if we sign Aouar & Partey to play alongside him in our midfield
— Jerin 🎗🌹 (@jerindagoon) September 27, 2020
Greatest comeback in a long time.
— Gulstad 🇸🇪 (@YellowTowns) September 27, 2020
he proved me wrong. fully hope he carries on doing so
— wavy webb (@wavy_webb) September 27, 2020
One of the leaders in the squad.
— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) September 27, 2020
Xhaka is special. HBD to him.
— Big Jack AFC (@illwax) September 27, 2020