Arsenal are willing to pay an excess of £34 million for Swiss and Borussia Monchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka who plays in any midfield position. With Borussia Monchengladbach now ready to accept Arsenal’s offer, from all indication, it is only a matter of time before Xhaka becomes a Gunners.
Bleacher Reports have it that the player who was signed by Lucien Favre from FC Basel has agreed a personal deal with the English club. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the midfielder and has confessed several times that he wouldn’t rule out signing him if the opportunity arose.
Arsenal are said to have also agreed personal terms with the player and would like to sign him before the Euro 2016 tournament in France with the view that his price might sky rocket if he has an impressive tournament.
Arsene Wenger on the other hand, has only one year left in his contract which could be his last season as pressure continues to mount on the French man after an abysmal season which is certain to end trophy-less for the Gunners.
Should Arsenal manage to sign Xhaka, it will be a massive statement of intent from the club. However, signing the Swiss star alone won’t solve all of Arsenal’s problems.
Arsenal still need a striker, a centre back and a goal scoring right winger. Talking of a right winger, many will argue that Arsenal now have Alex Iwobi they do not need another winger but let’s be serious, the Nigerian has played less than 20 games for Arsenal this season and there is nothing that proves he will continue to deliver next season.
Craig Eastond, Connor Henderson, Jay Simpson among others had shown flashes of brilliance years before Iwobi but they all end up proving to be nothing but average players. Hopefully Wenger has learnt his lessons.