Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has urged Granit Xhaka to stay at the club beyond the January transfer window.
Xhaka has been linked with a move to Bundesliga side, Hertha Berlin, with reports over the weekend suggesting the deal could be completed imminently.
The Switzerland international was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy, following an outburst with supporters in October.
He appeared to have told the fans to f*** off when they jeered him while being substituted against Crystal Palace.
The 27-year-old has worked his way back into the team, but his agent has said his plan was to leave the London club next month, with Hertha Berlin interested in acquiring his services.
Xhaka missed the club’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, fuelling rumours that an exit could was close.
But Arteta insisted Xhaka’s absence was due to illness, and is keen to keep him at the club.
When asked whether the player would leave next month, Arteta said: “I hope not.
“He played at Bournemouth and did really well – very committed – and played a really good game.
“After the game, he started to feel ill and temperature. He was not feeling good and has been in bed for two days and that is why not selected.”