Granit Xhaka believes that Arsenal have had a good season all things considered. Well, not all things. The last few games of the Premier League for example. They shouldn’t be considered.
The Swiss midfielder was speaking after the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final and bemoaned the fact the Gunners couldn’t win the game and get back into next season’s Champions League, but in general, he thinks the team deserves some credit.
“I think we had a good season – if you take off the five last games in the Premier League,” he said after admitting the loss to the London rivals hurt.
“We had a second chance to come back and go to the Champions League but if you don’t take your chances, you will stay in the Europa League.
“You can say a lot now but it is not the time to explain why and what happens. We lost today. I don’t want to speak about the last five weeks or 10 weeks.
“I think today was a big chance for us, we didn’t take it.”
The 26-year-old was asked what Unai Emery said following the defeat.
“Nothing,” he replied. “He is disappointed of course. Him, the players, nobody speaks in the dressing room.
“I don’t know what is the plan now.”
As for his own future, when asked if he wanted to stay he declared, “Me? I have a contract here.”