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.
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.”
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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.”