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Sport Willian can inspire Arsenal to win the title, insists Granit Xhaka

17:12  28 september  2020
17:12  28 september  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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‘ Willian knows how to win titles ’: Arsenal ’s new recruit can inspire his team-mates to challenge Liverpool for the biggest prize, insists Granit Xhaka as they prepare to lock horns with dominant reigning champions. Granit Xhaka is in confident mood ahead of Arsenal ’s fixture at Anfield.

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Granit Xhaka believes the strong mentality of new signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes is already rubbing off on their new Arsenal team-mates.

Willian arrived on a free transfer from rivals Chelsea while Gabriel was signed from Lille for £27m, and in particular Xhaka picked out the Brazil international as a man 'who knows how to win titles'.

He hopes their contributions, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was persuaded to sign a massive new £350,000-a-week contract at the Emirates, can see Arsenal take on the top four this season.

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a football player on a field: Willian has brought quality, but also a tough mentality, to Arsenal, says Granit Xhaka © Provided by Daily Mail Willian has brought quality, but also a tough mentality, to Arsenal, says Granit Xhaka a man with a football ball on a field: Fellow new boy Gabriel Magalhaes (left) has also been highlighted by Xhaka for his influence © Provided by Daily Mail Fellow new boy Gabriel Magalhaes (left) has also been highlighted by Xhaka for his influence

'With Willian and Gabriel, Arsenal brought a lot of quality and mentality into the dressing room. Willian knows how to win titles,' Xhaka said to Goal.com.

The Gunners finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League last season, trailing Liverpool by 43 points and scraping into the Europa League after winning the FA Cup.

But Xhaka, who looked set to leave Arsenal at the beginning of last season when he reacted angrily to being booed by his own fans during Unai Emery's ill-fated reign, has set his sights higher this term.

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Questions remain over whether Granit Xhaka will play after 'f*** off' jibe at fans. Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit called Xhaka 's behaviour a 'betrayal' while some of his team-mates John Stones recently returned but appears not to have won the trust of Guardiola and Nicholas Otamendi

'The extension with Aubameyang was an important signal for all of us - we want to go back to the Champions League,' he added.

The player is in confident mood and has heaped praise on manager Mikel Arteta for his smart recruitment, as well as the Spaniard's approach, which is steadily transforming Arsenal into a force to be reckoned with.

'One thing is certain, I wouldn't be in London without him,' said Xhaka.

'He was the decisive factor, with his philosophy, with his style, with his idea. I am really grateful to him for that.'

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Given Willian will be joining Arsenal on a free transfer, it looks to be excellent business by the Gunners, who know he is capable of performing at a Copyright 2020 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to

Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal have shown their character in the past week after battling from behind to win on three occasions. Arsenal have seen their attitude questioned in some quarters since the start of the season, with Watford captain Troy Deeney the most vocal critic following victory over the Gunners.

But after victories over Fulham and West Ham in the Premier League this season, tonight's visit to the runaway champions, Liverpool, will be a true test of how far Arsenal have come.

Meanwhile, the club continues its pursuit of further reinforcements as they prepare a significantly improved second bid for Lyon's talented midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The Gunners are determined to sign the 22-year-old this summer and are set to raise their dismissed £32m offer to £36.5m with a further £9m in bonuses in a hope to secure their man, according to football.london.

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