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Arsenal boss Arteta delighted with improved Xhaka form

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is delighted with the improved form of Granit Xhaka.

Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy by former Emirates boss Unai Emery in November with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking over the role.

Yet Xhaka has remained a loud voice on the pitch and he could be heard barking orders in the 2-0 at Southampton on Thursday.

Smiling when asked about Xhaka, boss Arteta said: “He is a natural leader.

"He is always 100 per cent committed, not just for himself but for his team-mates - all the time. I am happy you can hear him."

However, the Spanish boss fell short of saying whether he would be prepared for Xhaka to be captain again in the future.

Arteta said: “Hopefully, I have 24 captains. There is not one way to be a captain. Be yourself, express yourself and play with passion."

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