Granit Xhaka has already clarified his stance on Arsenal future amid Bundesliga transfer links

Reports in Germany are linking Granit Xhaka with a move to the Bundesliga this summer, but the Swiss midfielder has already committed himself to the Arsenal cause – certainly while Mikel Arteta is at the helm.

According to Sky Sports Germany, the 28-year-old is credited with an interest in returning to the top German division – having arrived at the Emirates Stadium from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.

It’s not always been a straightforward journey for Xhaka in the Premier League.

The former Basel graduate was stripped of the Gunners’ captaincy two years ago in favour of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – following a confrontation with fans in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Xhaka has also often come under fire from some sections of the Arsenal support for his performances in the engine room – not to mention his disciplinary record.

However, as the club target progression under Arteta, the Switzerland international – capped 91 times – has once again found top form.

Speaking about his future only last month, Xhaka’s words may well hint that any reports linking him with a return to Germany could be wide of the mark, due to his relationship with current boss Arteta.

He previously said: “Everyone knows he [Arteta] is one of the reasons why I am still at this club. We have a great relationship.

“It’s not a surprise that I am playing under every coach. That means I am doing something good.

“I am a team player and I’m not selfish. I try to help the team and help the staff and to be an example for the young people in our dressing room.”

In each bulletin, we’ll bring you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces on your favourite club, as well as the key talking points for fans.

You won’t miss a thing – you’ll get all the news you need right to your inbox. We’ll also send special newsletters when big stories break or there’s a special event happening.

You can sign up for Arsenal updates here.

You can sign up for Chelsea updates here.

You can sign up for Tottenham updates here.

You can sign up for West Ham updates here.

Xhaka, who has made 155 appearances in the Premier League since his £35million switch from Monchengladbach, added: “If I’m honest, I always saw myself in this club. I didn’t come for two or three years, I came here for long-term.

“You never know what happens in football. After what happened with the fans, nobody was thinking I would still be here and speak with you guys.

“This is football. Sometimes things happen, you are very surprised, but the good thing is how you come back.”

Source link

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on stumbleupon