Italian giants ready to return to sign Arsenal leader this summer

Roma are claimed to be keen on signing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka after missing out on his signature 12 months ago.

The Giallorossi were strongly linked with the Swiss international’s signature last summer, only for Xhaka to end up signing a new deal in north London instead, with the two clubs seemingly unable to agree to a transfer fee.

Fast forward 12 months and we look to be ready to strengthen in that area of the team once more, this time with Belgian Youri Tielemans strongly linked with a move, and that could well mean that we could be ready to loosen our stance on Xhaka’s stay at the Emirates.

Granit is always spoken highly of in the dressing room, and was previously elected as the club’s captain before a fallout with the fans, but remains amongst the leaders of the group, and his presence in the dressing room will be missed.

Roma recently signed Nemanja Matic on a free transfer from Manchester United, but are claimed to still be in want of Xhaka’s signing, with Mourinho remaining keen on working with him.

I feel like it is definitely time for a change in midfield, and I would love to see Tielemans or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic brought in to replace him. I also believe that Granit would thrive in Italy, which means the move should be perfect for everyone involved, and think we should definitely entertain this move.


CALLING ALL ARSENAL FANS! Anyone who would like to contribute an Article or Video opinion piece on JustArsenal, please contact us through this link

Video – The JustArsenal Show: Should Arsenal make Saka our highest paid player?

Tags Granit Xhaka


  1. I highly doubt the Roma move will come to fruition, but Bayer Laverkusen are now apparently interested in him. I believe they qualified for the champions league and a move back to Germany, could prove to be an attractive proposition for Granit. Then we can bring in two Midfield acquisitions Tielemens+Bissouma/Onana.

  2. this feels like a rather unlikely move, although I would be absolutely elated if it were to come to fruition…the fact that they got Matic on a free and considering how far apart they were just one summer prior, even before Xhaka’s extension and raise, makes me highly skeptical

  3. Isn’t it strange that Mikel gave him a contract extension (so he’s officially one of his players of course) and now Mourinho wants him at Roma and Bayer Laverkusen are after him, while the Arsenal players value his leadership skills both on and off the pitch…… meanwhile a section of our fan base still see him in a bad light (dross is the word used occasionally).

    I wonder who is right when assessing this very successful professional footballer?

    Me? I’m backing up the manager – what real Arsenal supporter wouldn’t?

    1. Im not backing the manager here ken, what person would, his decision making is very questionable, why resign a donkey, when you had the chance to put him out to pasture. Im a realist ken. Hehehehehe!!!! 😉

    2. Xhaka isn’t the worst player in the world or anything, I don’t think many would say that truthfully, but its not like he’s being chased by top tier sides.
      CM has been an area of weakness for a long time, during which xhaka has played well at times, but has also had more than his share of disasters. I think we could do with a refresh in that position

    3. Very nice Ken. We have to give credit to both Mikel and Xhaka for the latter’s improvement from dross to being wanted by JM. And yes ,the much improved Xhaka is way ahead of Sanderos, Cygan, Sylvester, Gervinho, Asano, and the other gems of diamonds signed. No doubt we need an upgrade to challenge for titles, but for a top 4,Xhaka can do the job, hence the renewed contract and we were almost there, had not been the injury to Partey.


      You have left out many other possible reasons why MA has extended his contract Transfer money avail, who else we can afford or not afford, that longevity itself gives players dressing room status but does not NECESSARILYmean he is good enough.

      There are other possible reasons too but you constantly choose and stress ONLYwhat you say -as you have many times done- in your above post.
      You are a thinking man, yet choose not to consider OTHER reasons. I ask you, WHY NOT?

  4. Tbf I think 6 seasons of missing out on CL qualification with Xhaka as the one constant in our Midfield over that whole period of time is enough evidence to suggest he is not good enough(at least as a regular starter)to get us back into the competition and subsequently challenge for the biggest trophies again. So I think it is understandable that sections of the fanbase are fustrated that we have failed to upgraded on him and I think it’s decisions like this by Mikel to persist with him(persuaded him to stay on twice, giving him a new contract on the second occasion) amongst other questionable decisions he has made during his tenure in charge, could ultimately prove to be his downfall as manager of this club. Hopefully that doesn’t transpire though because him proving all the sceptics wrong means we have been successful in some shape or form.

  5. I soulsångare take 8M to be fair i would pay him to leave all players that been here since we get or emery should leave it’s easy. If they not hale end products they’ve missed CL for six years time to move on

  6. So they wouldn’t buy him last season for a low fee.

    Now with a new extension meaning his price will increase, a year older and even slower they are willing to sign him? Doesn’t make sense to me

  7. To be fair to him, Xhaka has really stepped-up and put in some great performances this season, particularly during the run that saw Arsenal become favourites to clinch 4th spot for a while. However, I still feel that he isn’t right in this team now, and needs to be replaced. He is too slow and has a really volatile temperament, and that inevitably leads to the endless list of cards and consequent issues.

  8. He signed a new deal and will cost Roma alot more than last summers attempt. As someone put it above in the comments that in the 6years we have been out of UCL, granite has been the constant in the 11 and it hasn’t worked. Time to move on.

    Go get Bissouma & Teilimans, sell Xhaka and we have Elneny & Lokonga as backups to Partey. We may get £20m for Granit and will need to fork out £25m each for the pair above.

    We still need a striker and winger to replace Laca & Possibly departed Pepe. We have been slow here in the market but that’s probably because we messes up Top4 and targets are now not considering us as an option.

    We need to hurry on get deals done after international break. Marquinho is one for the future not now & will possibly go on loan. Saliba is returning which is great news, plus seems he wants to be here and prove everyone wrong.

  9. I suggest arteta should get rid of him for the fan’s sake and sign tielemans if he’s truly keen on switching to 4-3-3,odegaard and tielemans will run the show as double 8’s and while tielemans is good at tackling odegaard will be the one doing the high press along with the attackers.elneny,lokonga and promoting azeez and patino for rotation in uel,fa and efl will solve our midfield problems if we are looking to spend less.

  10. Straight swap for Tammy? oh go on then you have convinced me!!!
    Unless we give this guy away for free we will be stuck with him till he hangs up his boots
    Whoever gave him a new contract needs a good slap, or the sack

Comments are closed

Top Blog Sponsors
JustArsenal Top Ten UK Blogs