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Xhaka signs new deal 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The future of the midfielder was somewhat uncertain after the departure of Arsene Wenger, but the man who has replaced the Frenchman has assured the Swiss international that he will remain an important player for the team.

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, and so far he has made 94 appearances and scored seven goals for the Gunners from his role in central midfield. A relentless player, packing a powerful shot and boasting great passing range and vision, and his new deal is nothing but excellent news for Arsenal as they strive to overcome the difficulties that come with being in transition.

Prediction: Brazil vs Switzerland 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Brazil win

Best Odds: 2/5

Bookmaker: bet365

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already thrown up a series of shocking moments and great goals, and we’re only just getting started. Over the next few days or so every single team in the tournament will play their first game in Russia, with one of the more notable encounters being Brazil vs Switzerland. The five-time world champions are expected to ease their way through this group and into the knockout stages, whereas the Swiss are being tipped to follow the South Americans through to the Round of 16.

What can be expected of Stephan Lichtsteiner? 0

Posted on June 04, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

On Sunday evening, Spain welcomed Switzerland for a friendly game as the 32 national teams prepare to embark upon the World Cup in Russia that starts next week.

With Arsenal set to finalize the deal to sign Stephan Lichsteiner, there is very little doubt that the likes of Unai Emery, Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi will already know everything there is to know about the player. However, this particular game offered some useful insight into what the fans can expect from the 34-year-old fullback. It would certainly have been better if we had the chance to see Granit Xhaka alongside him, but the Arsenal midfielder is still battling against time to be fit for the upcoming tournament.

Wilshere: ‘Xhaka is a leader who can hold the midfield together’ 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was full of praise for Granit Xhaka, describing the summer signing as a ‘leader’ and the man capable of kick-starting attacks for the Gunners, while providing the defensive protection. Xhaka was brought in from Borussia Monchengladbach for around £30M, and Wilshere believes the money was well spent from how difficult he found playing against him in the past.

“I’ve played against him a few times at youth level for England and also for the first team with England so I know him quite well. I’ve always thought he was a good player, he’s very strong and has got a good left foot. He’s a leader, he can hold the midfield together and can get things going from back to front. He’s a good signing,” said Wilshere.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka misses penalty as Switzerland crash out of Euro 2016 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s new midfielder Granit Xhaka missed a penalty as his Switzerland side suffered elimination to Poland in a shootout. Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski opened the scoring for the favourites, but saw his goal cancelled out late on by a screamer of an effect from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Penalties ensued after the two sides remained inseparable at extra time, and Xhaka was the one who missed to cost his side a place in the quarter-finals. “He’s disappointed, but that’s football and mistakes can happen. I think Granit is very professional and he can cope with it. He will stand up again,” said international teammate Xherdan Shaqiri.

Arsenal new-boy Xhaka impresses for Switzerland against France 0

Posted on June 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer-signing Granit Xhaka impressed for Switzerland as La Nati nullified host-nation and Group A leaders France in their final Euro 2016 group clash to seal their place in the last-16. The 23-year-old was once again a standout performance for his country, playing a big part in Switzerland keeping France at bay over the 90 minutes.

Xhaka typically made more touches (104) than any other player on the pitch and made more passes (94) too. The young midfielder boasted an 89.4% completion ratio, created a goalscoring chance, and made two dribbles. Defensively, Xhaka was solid. No Switzerland player made more tackles (3), and only one of his teammates won more aerial duels.

Arsenal new-boy Granit Xhaka impresses for Switzerland at Euro 2016 0

Posted on June 11, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer signing Granit Xhaka was a standout player in Switzerland’s 1-0 win against Albania on Saturday. The 23-year-old operated in a deep-lying midfield role in the midfield, and was key to helping the side earning a clean sheet.

Arsenal supporters will have been pleased with what they saw of their new-man, with Xhaka controlling the midfield from start to finish at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. He made three tackles and six clearances, while making 116 passes with an 88% completion ratio.

Arsenal close to signing Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez 1

Posted on June 06, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to ESPN, Arsenal are leading the chase for Vfl Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez this summer. Manager Arsene Wenger has been active in the transfer market, signing Basel midfielder Granit Xhaka and being close to confirming Jamie Vardy’s transfer from Leicester City, and his latest target didn’t rule out joining Swiss teammate Xhaka through the door.

“I don’t know where I’ll be going, everything’s still open. It’s also not impossible to continue at Wolfsburg, even though it might be unrealistic right now. There are many big clubs. The English clubs have a lot of money, Spain is a great league. (Renewing acquaintances with Granit Xhaka) would be exciting, yes, especially as we’d have already solved the rooming question at Arsenal,” he said.

£30M-man Granit Xhaka to represent Switzerland in Euro 2016 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been selected in Switzerland’s 23-man squad for this summer’s European Championships. The 23-year-old, who recently joined the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach, has already made over 40 caps for his country, and will be closely watched by fans ahead of his debut season to come.

While expected to operate in a deep-lying role in the Arsenal midfield next season, Xhaka might feature higher up the pitch for his country. The former FC Basel man has been utilised in a more advanced role for Switzerland’s national team in the past, so supporters might get a good glimpse of his ball-playing attributes in the final third.

Granit Xhaka cites family atmosphere drew him to sign for Arsenal 0

Posted on May 31, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s new £30M-man Granit Xhaka says the “family atmosphere” was one of the reasobsfor his summer move to the Emirates Stadium. The Swiss international made the switch from German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach ahead of the 2016/17 season, and revealed he was convinced by former Gunners players to join the London club.

“I spoke with (Havard) Nordtveit about Arsenal and he told me it’s a big club, a family club and it’s very important for me to come here. Philippe (Senderos) played here and I play with him in the national team. Johan (Djourou) and Philippe have only told me positive things,” said Xhaka.

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