It’s been a dramatic week in the World Cup for the Arsenal representatives out in Qatar.
Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Granit Xhaka faced exits from the tournament with their respective nations in the round of 16.
Whilst the players are entitled to time away from the game and to regroup before joining up again in North London, Xhaka has revealed his desire to return to Arsenal’s preparations for the league return.
Despite only exiting the competition last night after Switzerland’s 6-1 loss to Portugal, Xhaka told the Evening Standard of his plans to get back into club football quickly following the defeat.
“Emotionally it’s not easy, but this is part of football. The Premier League is waiting. I am happy to go back now with the team, I have something to achieve there.”
Arsenal are currently in Dubai readying the squad for the friendly tournament the Dubai Super Cup, Xhaka shared his commitment to the club and his plan to join the team in Dubai.
“I’m flying to Dubai, going back to the team and going back to training and trying to forget the tournament now.”
It’s applaudable mentality from the Arsenal midfielder who has been nothing short of outstanding this season both on and off the pitch.
With the World Cup being played in a crucial part of the Premier League season, there is a sense of rush to get back to continue where the Gunners left off at the top of the table.
Putting World Cup heartache aside, it’ll be good to see the Swiss international donning the red and white of the Arsenal again sooner than expected.