Granit Xhaka keen to allow Arsenal fans to watch training - ‘We care more than the people think’

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Granit Xhaka is keen for Arsenal fans to watch training  (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka is keen for Arsenal fans to watch training (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka wants Arsenal to invite fans to watch training sessions once a week so they can appreciate the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

During his time at Arsenal, Xhaka has been a victim of abuse on social media and he believes supporters would have a greater understanding if they could see how players prepare during the week.

The midfielder hopes Arsenal taking part in Amazon Prime Video’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, ‘All or Nothing: Arsenal’, will help that too.

But the Switzerland international also thinks fans having the chance to watch training, as they do in the likes of Germany, will be beneficial as well.

“The people who do not see us in the training, for example, do not see how hard we are working in training,” said Xhaka.

“They see us only in the 90 minutes. Everyone has a good and bad day. That is why I spoke with the club as well about: ‘Why can’t we bring the fans maybe once a week so they can see us how we train?’

“It is not like we are coming here to waste our time and after we don’t care about the 90 minutes.

“We care more than the people think. Me and Aaron [Ramsdale] for example, we can’t sleep after the game when we lose. It does not matter if we are home or away.

“But this no one can see. This makes me very disappointed and very sad that after that the people start to speak: ‘You didn’t give everything for the club, you do that, you did…’ This is b******* you know.

“But it is so difficult in England to bring the people to the training ground. In Germany it is different, you have two, three, four thousand people and they come every day.”