MIKEL ARTETA will not be rushed into a New Year’s deal for unsettled midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Swiss star has told Arsenal he wants to join Hertha Berlin in a £21.5million January deal.
And the Bundesliga side hope to have Xhaka signed up in time for him to fly to Florida next Thursday for their training camp.
He wants all hands on deck to sort the current mess and regards Xhaka’s experience and tactical awareness as crucial.
And that could put him on a collision course with Xhaka, 27, who is determined to go after being stripped of the armband by Emery.
His agent, Jose Noguera, says personal terms have been agreed with Hertha and their boss, Jurgen Klinsmann, feels it is crucial Xhaka participates in the full fortnight in Florida.
That would mean a deal being completed on New Year’s Day, when the Gunners host Manchester United — and that is highly unlikely.
Former Borussia Monchengladbach star Xhaka is allegedly angry at new boss Arteta for his apparent “two-faced” approach to his future.