Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta plots January swap deal for Wilfred Ndidi and Granit Xhaka

“With the ball he is getting better. His game is simple. He just needs to serve the players in front of him and be an option to play off the centre-halves and full-backs and continuity in the game.”

Arteta, however, is not expected to be given a big transfer budget from the board in January even though the team is struggling.

Arsenal are 11th in the Premier League, with nine points separating them from the top four, where they have only won five out of 18 matches.