Granit Xhaka appears to have said his goodbyes to Borussia Monchengladbach today, after having helped his side to finish fourth in the Bundesliga this season.
The Foals captain has been one of the stand-out stars for his club in recent seasons, having joined from Basel back in 2012.
The Austrian international has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal in recent months, with club scouts believed to have followed him on a number of occasions. The move has been claimed to be all-but wrapped up a number of times, but his recent appearance has given the biggest hint of his exit yet.
Xhaka helped his side to win 2-0 today, and was given a standing ovation at the end of the match, and was spotted hugging a select number of the backroom staff. He also said after the game that he would like things to be dealt with quickly, although his exit will not come easy.
The midfielder said: “If there is a decision, departure will be tough but I had some great years in Gladbach.”
The star has previously been dubbed a ‘young Schweinsteiger’, a tag he will not want coming into the Premier League, given his counter-parts lacklustre season with United.
Xhaka looks likely to fill the void in the Gunners squad which is to be left by Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini’s exit, which was confirmed this week.
Another midfielder linked with an early move to Arsenal is N’Golo Kante, who also plays in a similar role. Although both Arteta and Flamini are leaving, I still find it hard to believe that we would sign both players, especially given Mohamed Elneny’s signature in January, and the extremely positive impact he has been having since earning a first-team role.
Would you rather Kante or Xhaka in the squad? Do you think there is room for them both?