Arsenal central midfielder Granit Xhaka has raised question marks over his future with the club in an interview with a publication in his homeland.
In part of the interview with newspaper Tagblatt, Xhaka is quoted as saying: “I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,”
Typical interview on an international break
This is typical of what the foreign press tends to do when players are back in their country on international duty. They tend to take their opportunity to stir the pot, as it were and encourage players to say things they probably would not to the British press.
This leads to them claiming they have a big news story when all it was in the first place was a simple international with a foreign-based player, who usually they probably would not have access to.
Xhaka has improved this season
Granit Xhaka had a shaky start to life in north London under previous boss Arsene Wenger. He produced unconvincing displays and lacked discipline at times. However, this season he has stepped up his game and become a far steadier character in the middle of the park.
In fact, he is arguably probably one of the first names on Unai Emery’s team sheet these days. However, he has not suddenly become the perfect player, who could move to a top team in European football.
Arsenal are currently in the tier just below Europe’s top teams when it comes to quality of players. Anywhere but a move to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester City would be a sideways step.
I doubt many of those clubs will come knocking for the Swiss star anytime soon. He needs to keep performing and help Arsenal to return to the Champions League next season. The Gunners are now odds of 8/15 to finish in the top-four this season.
Xhaka can still develop at Arsenal
At 26 years of age, Granit Xhaka can still improve his game. He is now at his peak and he will continue developing with the right coaching. If he does then maybe he will not need to take the next step as he is quoted as saying.
Xhaka should be proud to wear the Arsenal shirt. The Gunners are a massive club, who have been sleepwalking in the last few years. It seems that boss Unai Emery can wake them up. The future seems brighter for the north London outfit and hopefully, Xhaka will be part of that future.
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