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Arsenal keen on Xhaka – Zakaria swap deal 0

Posted on November 19, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are interested in signing Denis Zakaria of Borussia Monchengladbach, according to numerous reports. In fact, Arsenal are just one of the reportedly interested clubs in his signature, along with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

As claimed by Mirror, the Gunners plan to sweeten the Germans up by offering to send Granit Xhaka back to them. Apparently, the now former captain is set to leave the club in January and he might find a return to the club which he left to join Arsenal in 2016 an appealing possibility.

Newcastle want Xhaka on loan 0

Posted on November 14, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Newcastle United are interested in taking Granit Xhaka on loan in January help him stay in the Premier League if that is his wish, according to The Telegraph.

The now former Arsenal captain has been linked rather heavily with AC Milan recently, with the Rossoneri apparently keen on signing either him or Lucas Torreira. However, it is believed that the Magpies boss Steve Bruce is also interested and is keeping an eye on the situation. Further more, it has been implied to him that there may be a chance for the Swiss international to actually move to the St. James Park.

Xhaka stripped of captaincy but controversies still exist 0

Posted on November 11, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

In the aftermath of the incident which saw Granit Xhaka leave the pitch at the Emirates to a chorus of boos and whistles and then respond in a most inappropriate manner, the midfielder has been relieved of duty as the club captain. The armband has gone to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instead. And while many at the club will have hoped to end the unpleasant chapter therein and move on, the decision itself seems to have given fertile ground for more controversy to sprout.

Emery looks ahead to Leicester showdown 0

Posted on November 09, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It may not quite be do or die for Unai Emery against Leicester City tomorrow, but a loss would certainly be a bit troublesome. Ahead of the encounter in the East Midlands, Emery spoke to the media.

On team news:
Good afternoon. Yes [Dani Ceballos] has a small injury and is going to be out for tomorrow.

On the rest of the squad:
The rest of the squad, I think they are ready for tomorrow. We are going to train this afternoon and I am thinking, I am speaking with the doctor, they are ready.

Xhaka left out of Wolves clash 0

Posted on November 01, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Speaking to the press ahead of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates on Saturday, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that captain Granit Xhaka will not be included in the matchday squad.

Xhaka’s clash with the fans in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace last week has been discussed far and wide and in detail, and there’s hardly any need to repeat once again what happened. Xhaka has apologized since then, and though his apology didn’t seem as wholehearted as might have been expected, the Swiss revealed in the process that he had been receiving a lot of abuse previously, threats aimed both at himself and the members of his family. That certainly throws a light on the situation different to the one of last week’s incident observed as an isolated event, and it goes a long way to explain, if perhaps still not excuse, his outburst.

The players support Xhaka “all the way” – Martinez 0

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Emiliano Martinez, who stood between the posts at Anfield in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool, said the team were desperate to win the tie for Granit Xhaka.

The captain is currently under great strain following the incident on Sunday, when he reacted angrily and most inappropriately to being booed and whistled off the pitch by the Arsenal fans, by putting his hand to his ear in a provocative manner and telling them to f*** off.

Emery opens up about Xhaka 0

Posted on October 30, 2019 by Harry Kettle

The issue surrounding Granit Xhaka following his substitution at the weekend has certainly divided opinions amongst football fans, and even within Arsenal Football Club itself. As the Gunners look ahead to their crunch Carabao Cup tie against Liverpool tonight, manager Unai Emery has opened up about the issue as Xhaka’s future as captain remains uncertain.

The captain’s lack of good judgement 0

Posted on October 28, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said that he plans to have a ’tête-à-tête’ with his captain Granit Xhaka after the midfielder’s inexcusable behavior during the match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The match, which took place at the Emirates Stadium, was going well for the Gunners, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos scoring the team’s first goal in the seventh minute of the game and David Luiz scoring another one two minutes later. However, later on Luka Milivojevic scored one for the Palace in the 32nd and Jordan Ayew in the 52nd minute of the match, which eventually ended in a draw, leaving Arsenal in the fifth place, four points behind the Champions League spot.

Xhaka defends Pepe 0

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has called on supporters to remain patient with the club’s record signing, Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe arrived this summer for £72 million as a marquee signing, but his form in the Arsenal shirt still hasn’t hit anywhere near the level which was seen at Lille, and which convinced the club to part with that kind of money to beat off competition and acquire his services. He has made 11 appearances so far, nine in the Premier League and two in the Europa League, and managed to score only once – and even that came from the penalty spot.

Xhaka furious over Arsenal mentality criticism 0

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Monday with a 30th-minute strike from Lys Mousset proving the difference between the two teams, former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra directed some sharp criticism at the Gunners, calling them “babies”. There were others who spoke about Arsenal’s problems away from the Emirates as well, due to Unai Emery’s team keeping a clean sheet only twice in the 24 away Premier League games since he took over last year, classifying them as signs of mental weakness.



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