Granit Xhaka reveals that he rejected a January transfer to remain at Arsenal

Granit Xhaka has revealed that he would have left Arsenal in the last transfer window if he had wanted to, but he decided against making a move away.

The Swiss midfielder fell out with the club’s fans late last year and his Arsenal career looked to be over.

However, when Mikel Arteta became Arsenal’s manager, he spoke with the former Arsenal captain and he remained at the Emirates.

He is now one of the club’s leading players and one of Mikel Arteta’s most reliable players.

However, he thought about leaving the club following criticisms from the fans and he had an offer too.

Hertha Berlin was keen to take him to Germany, and they had agreed on personal terms with the midfielder, however, they couldn’t agree a fee with Arsenal and the midfielder eventually decided to remain in North London.

He, however, claimed that he is more isolated in England than he was when he played in the German top flight.

Asked by Sport1 about his contact with Hertha Berlin, Xhaka said: “It’s really no longer an issue for me. Yes, there was contact and also an offer, but in the end I decided to stay here in London.

‘After three and a half years I did not cancel everything that I had built up.

“I am now concentrating on this with all my strength and motivation and hope that we can get back on the pitch soon.”

He added: “Since I can think, the fans have been an integral part of my sport for me. And I have a lot of respect for the dedication and hardships the supporters take to support us players. And that’s why it’s normal for me to give something back. 

“In England you are a bit more isolated there, I miss that compared to the Bundesliga. I always had a lot and close contact with the fans, so I’m very open.

“As I said, there were always ups and downs here in England, but these whistles against me, this hatred, that was brand new for me and has already hit me a lot. 

“Until then I had almost only positive experiences with the fans in Basel and Mönchengladbach and also here at Arsenal. Then something like that hits you twice hard.”

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7 Comments

  1. ThirdManJW says:

    Arteta’s first big mistake.

  2. Highbury Hero says:

    I still think he is a more suitable captain than the rest of the squad.

  3. John Ibrahim says:

    hes a good player …..very good passer like Petit

    his defensive skills have improved but needs to stay consistent

    rated highly by managers from Wenger, Emery and now Arteta

    Even Viera rates him highly tooo

    But the media and fans do not like him……

    Media and fans know best

  4. Loose Cannon says:

    Why Granit Why? You, Mesut and Mustafi are the weak links in defense, mid field and attack.Please do not repeat your mistake and move at the next chance. For your good and the good of all gunners.
    Wenger and Emery rated him …… and they got the sack.Hope Arteta opens his eyes and does not let history repeat. I mean, there are better lads in the EPL – Wilfred from Leicester would be my pick

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      weak links?

      Mustafic performances have improved since Arteta appointment….

      Mustafic was a World Cup winner

      Did you watch the games when he partnered Kos in defence?

      Kostafic partnership was one of the best till Mustafic forms and confidence dip and no one knows the reason…..

      Ozil was one of the best playmakers ….he clearly lacks motivation and confidence recently….consistency is also an issue…

      his performance have improve since Arteta took over

    2. Goonster says:

      The day we will move on from the likes will be such a great day.
      They are some of the weakest flawed players i have ever seen at Arsenal.

  5. Shortboygooner says:

    I dont think he is a bad player. Like aloe of the current arsenal squad he does a job. I couldn’t say he is a specialist at anything. He is not a prolific CM or DMf. If we think about arsenal we could always say we have top 10 or 20 in the world for most positions. Xaka is not even close to top CM or DM in premier league.

    Not dynamic and his long shots only happen once in a blue moon. I hope he leaves this season and we get thomas partey to replace him.

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