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Granit Xhaka has claimed he would not be at Arsenal any longer if Mikel Arteta had not been appointed head coach.

The Swiss international was linked with a move away from the club ahead of the January transfer window, with the club struggling to find any kind of form under Unai Emery or Freddie Ljungberg earlier in the campaign.

The team has since made major improvements, and Xhaka has returned to playing a key role in the side, and he admits that had the Spaniard not taken over the reigns, he would have quit the club.

"One thing is certain: I wouldn't be in London without him," he said. "He was the decisive factor, with his philosophy, with his style, with his idea. I am really grateful to him for that.

"I am indulging Mikel Arteta with [the FA Cup] victory. It gives him confidence and a certain security.

"We players saved a strange season with the last possible qualification for international business. I don't want to imagine how the reactions would have been if we had missed the Europa League."

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