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Granit Xhaka’s two-word message to Mikel Arteta as he announces next move after quitting Arsenal

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Granit Xhaka revealed his future plans in an interview with Amazon Prime's All or Nothing: Arsenal documentary.

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Granit Xhaka’s two-word message to Mikel Arteta as he announces next move after quitting Arsenal

At Arsenal, a theme appears to be emerging regarding who could follow in Mikel Arteta’s footsteps and potentially manage the club in the future.

Last month, Mohamed Elneny’s father, Nasser El-Neny, predicted that his son would move into coaching after his playing days ended, even going so far as to predict a major role with Arsenal.

“I was sure that Elneny would continue with Arsenal, and I told him that, even though everyone in Egypt was saying that he would leave the team this summer,” he told MBC Egypt.

“The Arsenal players love Elneny, he is loved among his colleagues in the dressing room, and the club’s management loves him, so I think he will coach Arsenal in the future.”

With that said, Elneny may face competition from current teammate Granit Xhaka if he wants to coach Arsenal in the future, as the midfielder has revealed he’s already doing his coaching badges and has even sent an early warning to Arteta.

“I’m doing my licence, man,” the Switzerland international told football.london. “I told Mikel to be careful.”

Of course, at 29 years old and still a regular in the Gunners’ side under Arteta and for his national team, Xhaka may be a while before he hangs up his boots and transitions into a coaching role, whether at the Emirates Stadium or elsewhere.

However, as one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players, it may not be long before Xhaka decides to seek greener pastures. 

Indeed, the midfielder’s admission that it’s a shame his contract expires in 2024 could be a hint as to when he’ll leave.

“With Rob Holding and Hector, I think I’m the only guy here from six or seven years ago, everyone else is new here,” he added.

 “On one side, that makes me very proud. On the other side, you have to know the other players as well. We are building something very special here with the project with Mikel and stuff like this.

“It’s a shame I only have two years more on my contract. Let’s see what happens after two years. But I am seeing a big, big future for this club.”

Xhaka previously stated that he would like to finish his playing career with his former club Basel: “Definitely! My career started here, and there is a goal, actually, my dream to return someday,” he told Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, as per Sport Witness, in 2018.

“That certainly won’t be the case at 28, I’ll be honest. It’ll probably be more like Alex Frei, who’s the best example of how to do it. He came back once he was in his thirties but still performed and helped FCB win a few titles. Of course, the expectations are high when you come back again, but it is clearly a dream.”

So, after leaving Arsenal, Xhaka could fulfill his dream by returning to Basel to finish his playing career before moving into coaching, assuming he obtains the necessary badges, and perhaps he will emulate Arteta by leading the Gunners one day?

Granit Xhaka’s two-word message to Mikel Arteta as he announces next move after quitting Arsenal

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