Xhaka confirms he’d like to play for Arsenal ahead of £34m move

By on May 18, 2016

Granit Xhaka has admitted he would love to play for Arsenal amid reports he’s set to seal a £34m move to the Emirates over the coming days, according to ESPN.

Xhaka has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months and the speculation has gone in to overdrive over the past couple of days.

The Daily Star quoted Borussia Monchengladbach as confirming yesterday that they had struck an agreement with an unnamed club – believed to be Arsenal – for Xhaka’s signature.

Goal then reported that we’d agreed personal terms with the Swiss international after he had supposedly snubbed interest from Manchester City so it looked as though a deal was close to completion.

Xhaka has now been quizzed about all the rumours and while he refused to confirm or deny the speculation, he did admit that he would love to play for Arsenal.

When asked whether he could see himself playing for Arsenal, the midfielder is quoted as saying to Swiss TV by ESPN:

“Absolutely.  Whether there are talks or not, the clubs Gladbach and Arsenal know that, but as of now I am still a Gladbach player. It might change in the next weeks or it might not change.”

“There will definitely be a decision before the European Championship.”

So things are slowly falling in to place and if all these reports of a deal with Gladbach and personal terms being agreed are accurate, then it shouldn’t be too much longer before we announce the deal.

With Arteta and Flamini set to leave next month, we need another central midfielder and Xhaka would be an excellent signing. The 23-year-old is a deep-lying midfielder who reminds me of Emmanuel Petit as he’s got a lovely left-foot and likes to ping the ball around the pitch.

He is a bit of a hot-head as he’s already been sent off eight times in his career but we could do with adding a bit of ‘bite’ to our team – which has been accused of being soft in recent years.

Let’s hope Arsenal don’t drag their heels for too long and get Xhaka signed up as soon as possible.

One Comment

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    May 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    If this is true, then I am guessing this could be the end of ramsey, which won’t be a great loss. A shame as he has the talent but seems to be bottling it more this season.

    What about carzola? Does he have a place? Toral – strong loan, zlelam – good loan also same it has maitland niles , I don’t expect all three to be in the first team next season , I do expect willock to get his break similar to iwobi and gnabry to come back in the fold possibly even beilik . Walcott? Will he leave ?

    As for xhaka if he does arrive that means he has a starting spot at that price . Would that starting spot be with wilshere, coquelin, carzola or el neny in midfield

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