Xhaka recently returned from the World Cup after being knocked out in the last-16 with a 6-1 humiliation by Portugal and he admitted that he felt down about the result, having spoken at length about the matter with his boss.
“We discussed everything [with Arteta about the World Cup], yes. He can read me like nobody else. Mikel knows what it’s like to be down,” he added.
“He felt how hurt I was by the way I was eliminated (in Qatar). But there are so many other challenges and tournaments. I will take those on.”
Xhaka and Arsenal will take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium on New Year’s Eve in an attempt to finish the year on an incredible high, having already picked up a club-record points total for this stage in the season. And his words could soon prove to be true if their run of victories continues long into the latter months of the campaign.