Granit Xhaka is positive about his partnership with Thomas Partey, despite having played only a few matches together.
Injuries have not been kind to the Ghanaian midfielder. Although he’s in line for a possible return against Benfica in Athens tonight. The midfield duo have only started seven times together.
They have looked like the most solid midfield combination whenever they played together.
Granit Xhaka is hopeful that can form a long and formidable partnership on the field, as they have connected off it.
“It is a shame we have not played a lot together, because he has had two big injuries,” said Xhaka.
“But the games we have played together, I think he looks very good, very solid.
“We are very good together, not only on the pitch but off it as well. He is a lovely guy, he is improving our team because you can see how much experience he has at this level, and this is good for my game as well.
“As well, the other midfielders in the team are improving step by step and the important thing is that we can see and we can feel we are improving and we have to keep going like this and let’s see what we can take from the end of the season.”
Granit Xhaka has been in good form since he got sent off against Burnley and he quickly gave some credit to Mikel Arteta for this.
“The only thing I feel is I have a lot of confidence from the coach, I am in very good shape physically and as well mentally, and this is key to my game,” he continued.
“For me everything has to be clear, what we want to do on the pitch and at the moment it is like this.
“The coach is helping me a lot, everyone knows he is one of the reasons why I am still at the club and I have a very good relationship with him and he is helping me every day, on the pitch and off the pitch.
“I am very thankful for him, because if you have a coach like this who gives you the confidence and the freedom, it is easier for the player.”