Arsenal stalwart Granit Xhaka reflects on missed AS Roma opportunity

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka opens the door to a failed move to Roma in 2021-22

Swiss international veteran Granit Xhaka has been a divisive figure among Arsenal’s fan base since arriving in north London from giants Borussia Moenchengladbach in the summer of 2016 during the waning days of Arsene Wenger’s reign.

a star by itself for Die Follen, Xhaka came with a good reputation consisting of leadership, creativity and red cards.

Despite entering his seventh season with the club, the Basel native is still in the midst of repairing his image and making contact with many Arsenal fans after the former captain stormed the field in front of Crystal Palace while he was dealing with angry Arsenal fans. Emery took it off before throwing his set to the ground in frustration.

Since the arrival of Mikel Arteta, Xhaka has been given a new lease on life under the Spanish manager, and until the end of last season remained one of the main aspects of the formation of the first team, despite moving to Roma last summer.

in ESPN James Ole sat down with the Swiss midfielder During the club’s US tour, Xhaka was asked to explain what the move would have been.

When the 29-year-old was asked how close he was to a move from Arsenal and if he was considering the possibility of a move to Italy, Xhaka replied, “It was something, yes. Very close. It didn’t happen because Mikel was the guy with Edu, and they wouldn’t let me.” To leave because they wanted to keep me here. Of course, my first reaction was to stay at the football club, but they opened the door: “If something happens, I can leave.”

There is no doubt that speculation will continue this summer after Arsenal have already signed Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira, while the club is still closely linked with Leicester City’s Yuri Tillmans and Lucas Paqueta from Olympique Lyonnais, while it has officially sealed a deal for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

With Arsenal stocked to the end with central options and possibly needing to shed a handful of players before pursuing Tielemans or Paqueta, Xhaka will likely be on hold before the window closes despite his record of serving at the club as well as his belief in him being shown by Arteta all along. .

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