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'In pre-season...': Granit Xhaka shares what he noticed about Arsenal's players before a ball was even kicked
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'In pre-season...': Granit Xhaka shares what he noticed about Arsenal's players before a ball was even kicked

Granit Xhaka has been one of the stars of the show for Arsenal this season and the midfielder has admitted their success is no surprise to him.

Many in the fan and pundit world are shocked by Arsenal’s brilliant start to the season. The Gunners currently top the table above Man City. Mikel Arteta was backed in the summer once again. The likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko signed for big money.

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Of course, those two – among others – have made a big difference at Arsenal. But according to Xhaka, the writing has been on the wall for this Arsenal group since pre-season. Speaking to The Evening Standard, Xhaka explained how he noticed a big team spirit within the squad that he’d never seen before.

“I am not surprised, because in pre-season I had a good feeling at how everything was working. The team spirit we built then was something I didn’t have at this club until now. I knew this season could be a special one for everyone, for ourselves, for the club,” Xhaka told the Evening Standard.

Xhaka has been one of the key players for Arsenal this season. Reborn until Mikel Arteta, the Swiss star heads to the World Cup in fine fettle.

TBR’s View: Xhaka leading a determined Arsenal group

Team spirit is massive in any club and it seems that Arsenal have developed a brilliant one recently.

The influx of younger players in and around the experienced pros seems to have done a lot. Mikel Arteta deserves credit for this. But then, so do the likes of Xhaka.

Xhaka has gone from being a player few saw with a future at Arsenal to a leader. He is a key player, scoring goals as well as helping the midfield as normal. It seems, then, that Xhaka is confident in this group and that a title challenge could very much be on.

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