GRANIT XHAKA hailed “very special” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and his tactical plan for each letter of the alphabet.
The Gunners now sit 5 factors clear on the prime of the Prem with a sport in hand on second-placed Manchester Metropolis.
And midfielder Xhaka stated: “I’ve had many coaches in my profession however by no means one like Arteta.
“He looks like he’s targeted solely on soccer 24 hours a day.
“He all the time has a plan A, B… even a plan Z.
“But he’s not only top tactically, he’s also top as a person. He is something very special.”
Some followers had been calling for Arteta’s head after Arsenal misplaced their first three Prem video games final season and ultimately blew a Champions League spot — although he received the FA Cup in his first season in cost.
However now the membership are chasing their first title since Arsene Wenger’s 2004 Invincibles.
Xhaka, who has additionally circled his Arsenal profession after being on the verge of quitting following his bust-up with the followers in 2019, added: “That is his first-ever stint as head coach.
“Some individuals had been already on the finish of their endurance.
“However now you see what can occur whenever you give a coach time.”
Arteta persuaded Xhaka, 30, to remain at Arsenal after earlier boss Unai Emery had stripped him of the captaincy following the followers’ backlash.
And a fitter, leaner Xhaka has been one of many Gunners’ most constant gamers this season.
He has scored three Prem objectives, including 5 assists — and gave one other tremendous efficiency in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Manchester United.
This after Arteta modified the Swiss star’s position in his staff, giving him a licence to roam.
Arteta, 40, revealed: “I spoke to him on the finish of the season and stated, ‘I have to unlock one thing in your mind.
“‘You’re so snug and assured taking part in on this space, you’ve gotten forgotten that, really, what’s going to win us the sport is right here.
“‘The team now demands somebody here, so unless you unlock that I’m going to need to do one thing about it’.
“He took it immediately. He’s a really clever participant.
“He got here to pre-season fitter than ever, slimmer than ever.
“He knew to take the staff to a unique degree we needed to change his position.”