All the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are saying that the deal to take Lucas Torreira to Emirates is all done and dusted, although nobody has given us any proof that there is any truth in the gossip so far, and now today it has been announced that the Gunners have given Granit Xhaka a new contract making it very clear that the Switzerland midfielder will not be leaving us any time soon.
Our other new signing Stephan Lichtsteiner is currently with Xhaka in the Switzerland national team, and the veteran defender has high hopes that Granit can improve even further. “I’ve known Granit now for more than six or seven years, so he’s just an amazing player,” Lichtsteiner said.
“He’s very good and he’s still young. It’s not easy for him to be the direct leader at 23 or 24 years old, so I hope I can help him to become bigger and bigger.
“He had a very good season and I hope next year he will do even better.
“Off the pitch he is just a great person, a great character, very calm, he knows when he can joke and he knows when to concentrate. A top professional player on the pitch, great passing and just a great player.”
And Unai Emery also thinks that he can help Xhaka to grow into his role at the club as well. The new Boss said: “I’m delighted that Granit has extended his contract with us. He’s an important member of the squad and is still young so will be able to develop even more. I hope he has a successful World Cup with Switzerland and comes back fit and ready for the new season.”
So with this new deal we now know for sure that Xhaka will not be moved on, so why would Arsenal still need Torreira. It is now very likely that Jack Wilshere will not be returning to Arsenal, but with Ramsey, Xhaka, Elneny and Maitland-Niles all competing for the midfield slots, why would we need another one in Torreira?
Unless of course Aaron Ramsey could me moving on?