Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta does not see Granit Xhaka in his long-term plans and he will let him leave if ‘serious offers’ arrive next month, claim EuroSport.
The Swiss international, signed by Arsene Wenger for £35 million (BBC) from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016, has been a controversial figure at the Emirates stadium.
His outburst against home supporters in the game against Crystal Palace last year made him enemy number one. Everyone expected him to leave the club at the start of this year, but Arteta convinced him to stay.
Xhaka was one of our best players in the first half of this year. His partnership with Dani Ceballos in the middle of our park was brilliant and that played a key role in our FA Cup triumph at Wembley.
However, the Swiss international hasn’t quite had the best of starts to this season. He seems to have lost his brilliant passing range, and his positioning – which has always been a concern – has arguably become worse.
It is unfair to put all the blame on Xhaka. None of our players apart from maybe Gabriel have looked great this season. We are extremely short of confidence, and that is affecting everyone on the pitch.
Xhaka is not Arteta’s first-choice anymore
Xhaka was undroppable under Arteta at the end of last season. However, he has been anything but that this term. Thomas Partey’s arrival and Mohamed Elneny’s return has decreased the need for the Swiss international, and it is no surprise that we are looking to move him on.
He turned 28 a few months ago and he is arguably in the prime of his career. Multiple teams in Europe will be interested in his services and since he has close to three years left on his Arsenal contract, we should be able to get good money for him.
Arsenal are on the market to sign a playmaker next month. A new midfielder will push Xhaka further down the pecking order, and it makes no sense to hold onto him when Arteta will have better options at his disposal.