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London Evening Standard - 2021-11-25

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‘Xhaka’s in a good place’

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be a little bit sooner than expected, he is training and pushing himself and all the staff so hard like he always does,” he said. “He is in a good place, he is evolving well and hopefully we can have him a little bit earlier. It is still a bit early to decide.” Arteta was also pressed this morning on the future of Alexandre Lacazette, who is into the final year of his contract. From January, the Frenchman can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club to join them for free in the summer. “Things have happened in the last few seasons for different players, where those possibilities are there, said Arteta. “The important thing is that communication is clear, and the intentions of both parties — while they are together — are very clear. “The demands don’t change. Whether you have a six-month, or six-year contract you are still employed at the club. You are here because you are willing to be here, and you have to perform at a 10, and there is nothing different with respects to anybody. “I have already spoken with them individually about how we have to handle those situations the best possible way, and that’s it.”

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