Granit Xhaka has praised Mikel Arteta for making Arsenal a happy place to work again in a clear swipe at former boss Unai Emery.
The Swiss midfielder faced a difficult time under Emery earlier this season, most evidently following his outburst at his own fans after being substituted against Crystal Palace.
Emery stripped Xhaka of the captaincy in response, which led to speculation the player could then leave the club.
However the 27-year-old has since put that disappointment behind him to become a key player for Arteta, and hailed his new boss for bringing the good times back to Arsenal.
"Since Mikel came to this club a lot of things have changed," Xhaka told BT Sport . "He’s changed the mentality, the spirit, not only for us players but in the group.
"Everyone knows exactly what their job is. We have a clear game plan.
"He prepared us really well against a lot of good teams and yeah, at the moment, it’s like we are back with happiness.
"Coming to training with happiness. We do amazing work."
While Arteta has not been able to necessarily improve Arsenal's league form, he still stands a chance of ending the season on a high.
A first piece of silverware beckons in the FA Cup final this Saturday, providing his side can see off London rivals Chelsea.
Should The Gunners lift the trophy, they would also qualify for next season's Europa League, which would be crucial for Arteta to continue the momentum he is beginning to gain in the hot seat.
His ability to turn Arsenal into a more solid defensive unit has already been evident, and he has also been keen to blood the club's youngsters.
Arguably his biggest success though is getting the best out of under-performing stars, with Xhaka's resurgence one of the more notable.
He is likely to start Saturday's final, but admits things could have been a lot different after his Palace outburst.
"I have to be honest, I’m very honest with everyone. I was very, very close to leaving the club," Xhaka added. "I have, until this moment, I had a great, great time in this football club.
"But after this, I was of course a bit down because I did not expect that from the people from the fans.
"Everyone knows what happened with me and the fans – or the fans with me. It was not a good time. It was not a nice time.
"But maybe it was the key because I came back stronger than ever so I learned a lot from this situation. I hope the fans have too."
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