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Xhaka discusses his progress & Partey signing 0

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Harry Kettle

After a mixed start to the new Premier League season, Arsenal will be getting back to their European roots tomorrow night as they prepare to take on Rapid Wien in their UEFA Europa League opener. Prior to that, however, spoke to midfielder Granit Xhaka about his progress across the last twelve months – as well as how he feels about the signing of Thomas Partey.

Xhaka has been on a rollercoaster ride during his stint at the Emirates but now, it finally seems as if he’s been able to turn a real corner in North London.

“He is a leader” – Arteta on Granit Xhaka 0

Posted on October 02, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Though it may seem of small concern to most, some eyebrows were raised when Garnit Xhaka emerged on the Anfield pitch on Thursday wearing the captain’s armband.

The Swiss international was voted the Arsenal captain by his teammates after the unceremonious departure of Laurent Koscielny last summer, but an extremely unwise, hot-headed altercation with the fans in the Emirates stands during the Gunners’ 2-2 draw last October caused him to be stripped of that honor by Unai Emery, head coach at the time. Xhaka later apologizes for his behaviour, though it felt rather half-hearted. The point is, not many could have imagined him captaining the team again, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took on the sacred duty.

Arsenal remain a legendary club – Xhaka 0

Posted on July 30, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka recently gave an interview to Swiss outlet Blick and spoke about many things, including his motivation when wearing an Arsenal shirt after the issues which he went through in the early stages of the season.

First of all, the Switzerland international was asked about the size of Arsenal as a club at the moment, with the interviewer expressing some reservation about the club being considered ‘big’ after such an underwhelming season.

Has Xhaka found a way back? 0

Posted on January 22, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal produced a rather remarkable comeback from two goals and a man down to snatch a point at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea on Tuesday. It makes a change most welcome to what we’ve been seeing lately – too often the Gunners were the ones to throw away leads and drop points from winning positions.

Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, now the team captain, had just started serving his three-match ban after picking up a direct red card against Crystal Palace, when up pops a whole new problem of the same sort.

Arteta wants Rabiot as Xhaka agrees Hertha deal 0

Posted on December 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Following a period of tension between him and the Arsenal supporters, Granit Xhaka appears to have had enough. The incident that happened in that infamous home draw against Crystal Palace has been thoroughly discussed on countless occasions, and there hardly seems any need to go into it again. Suffices to say that it has left an unpleasant tang in the air at the club, and Xhaka, having been stripped of captaincy in the aftermath, was always quietly expected to move towards the exit door.

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.

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