“I understand that we will never be best friends, but I hope we can treat each other with honesty and respect. I want you to know that whatever I do on the pitch, it comes from the right place.
“If I am late in a tackle, it’s because I’m fighting for Arsenal. If I lose my temper, it’s because I care. Sometimes, maybe I care too much.”
Xhaka then spoke openly about his future at the club. Arsenal have made vast improvements under Arteta this season but back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Brighton could cost them Champions League qualification for a sixth season in a row.