Granit Xhaka reportedly still keen on Roma move

Xhaka isn’t happy at Arsenal

AS Roma and Arsenal were in contact for a very long duration last summer regarding Granit Xhaka.

The Swiss international was keen on a move away from the Emirates Stadium, especially to Italian outfit Roma, who were and are still being managed by Jose Mourinho.

The prospect of linking up with the Portuguese tactician appealed to the Arsenal man. However, the Serie A giants failed to match the Gunners’ asking price.

Thus, the deal didn’t materialize, and Granit Xhaka stayed in London, extending his previous contract to a further year.

He might get his move away from Arsenal this summer as Corriere dello Sport  (as cited by Sport Witness) has claimed that Xhaka is unhappy to have extended his stay in North London.

The report further suggested that the 29-year-old wants to work under Mourinho, who ‘continues to court him from afar’.

Since signing for the Gunners in 2016, the former Borussia Monchengladbach man has featured in 233 games for Arsenal.

Despite being an instrumental figure in the team since his arrival, Xhaka has proven that he will forever be a reckless lad who loses concentration every now and then.

That’s the reason why a lot of the club’s faithful won’t lose much sleep if the Swiss international is moved on in the summer.

A lot of names have been touted as Arsenal midfield targets, with a few being Bruno Guimaraes, Youri Tielemans, Arthur Melo and Danilo that have all cropped up in a past month or so. And Arsenal fans would jump at the chance of bringing any one of them to North London.

It seems an upgrade at central midfield would be warmly embraced by everyone involved with Arsenal, including Xhaka.

Yash Bisht


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  1. We should start a GoFundMe page to assist Roma with the purchase.

    Not sure how this will happen now though, they weren’t willing to buy him and offered peanuts last time. now that supreme leader has given him a new contract his price will likely be more than double what they offered last time. On top of that he’s now older and even slower.

  2. I am very keen on him moving to Roma! Xhaka is way too slow to be the guy that catches people and tackles them in DMF so this probnlem with endless red cards isn’t going to get better with age, it will get worse. We need a good young replacement for him.

  3. Third time lucky? Hopefully come the summer Arteta finally let’s go of Xhaka or a new manager comes in and does what should have been done when Hertha Berlin came knocking 2 years ago.

  4. I read that since Xhaka arrived, he has posted 19 apologies to Arsenal and Arsenal fans on his Instagram-page. That’s a lot of amending

  5. For heavens sake, hope it works out for the good of Xhaka and for the good of Arsenal FC. I think Azeez has been recalled from Portsmouth and we should sign either Tielemans or Zakaria asap and we are good to go. Anyway with Xhaka in the team we are mostly playing with 10 men.

  6. By getting rid of Xhaha in the summer, Arsenal will be left with only two senior defensive midfielders in Partey (should be sold) and Lokonga, therefore, Arsenal must buy Tielemans and Danilo. But, Arsenal should also get rid of Elneny now and replace him with Frenkie de Jong in this January transfer window.

    1. You want Partey sold???

      We are not as light in the midfield, we’d only need 1 “starter to come in…preferably Tielemans

      We still have:
      Elneny (Likely to leave)
      White (Saliba will be back next season)

      1. I still have the number “two” flashing up. PJSA, but essential only in Summer. Mainly because if Covid is still relevant and we play in Europe (ever more likely with teams around us dropping points like confetti) we need more than two good quality DM/CMs – Partey and Lokonga are the only regular CMs.
        Yes Chambers and White have and can play there, but is it their best position and can they carry the team in bigger games?
        Azeez ans Patino can be phased in but they’re nowhere near ready to play in big games.
        Ironically I think we could actually get through this season without any additions and still be successful as Xhaka remains, it’s one game a week and we are running high on adrenalin, but I’d say 2 x d/cm’s a striker and LB would perfectly set us up. Tielemans would be nice and I’m surprised we haven’t looked again at Zakaria this month – maybe we are wary of trying another Swiss?

        1. Yeah I’d take 2 more midfielders all day but I don’t see it happening, 1 is a lot more realistic in my opinion.

          Chambers could be a solid back-up but he hasn’t played DM in years, so I guess that’s up to MA.

          When(if) Saliba returns it will be very interesting to see what happens. He won’t be happy sitting on the bench and neither will White or Gabriel. If we go to back 3 then what happens with Tomi because he is no wing back at all?

          1. Heck this is the type of problem the top teams have every week. It doesn’t seem to upset the Man City or Chelsea squads. But it’s been so long since we had a choice of qualty player to choose between we have forgotten how it feels. I’m confident we will have at the very least Europa involvement and with Covid and injuries I think there will be plenty to go round. Would be great to have a NICE problem at last!

  7. Lots of lad in the hale end are ready to explode by following saka and esr footsteps,fish em out and promote them they already understand what it takes to play for arsenal.

  8. The problem with dealing with Italian clubs & media is can’t believe a word that comes out of their mouth( media) Two.The clubs themselves are skint.They’re after freebies or loans or grosdley staggered instalments.Personally wish we’d stay clear of the likes of any players connected to the likes of Juve on particular.V.Dodgy to deal with.

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