Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has this afternoon spoken out over his future in north London, amid rumours of interest in his services from Serie A.
26-year-old deep-lying midfielder Xhaka played a key role in Arsenal’s fortunes once again this past season.
The Swiss international racked up 39 starts across all competitions, the most of any of Unai Emery’s options in the middle of the park.
Despite being so consistently relied upon, however, Xhaka regularly flattered to deceive across the course of the campaign.
Impressive, controlling displays on the part of the former Borussia Monchengladbach man were all too often followed by indisciplined performances, riddled with poor decision making and lapses in concentration.
As a result, Arsenal’s supporters regularly made their frustrations with their side’s metronome abundantly clear, with many having now settled on the opinion that Xhaka is simply not the player to lead the club’s midfield forward.
As such, it has since come as little surprise to see rumours begin to emerge, linking the Basel youth product with a potential move away from the Emirates this summer.
Serie A giants Inter Milan are said to hold a keen interest in Xhaka’s signature, with the train of thought being that the experienced Swiss star’s lack of mobility would not be as routinely exposed amongst the less physical, more tactical style of football in Italy.
In fact, the Nerazzurri were even reported by some outlets to have been ‘on the verge’ of clinching a deal with Arsenal.
‘Another four years’
Xhaka himself, however, has since moved to play down such claims.
Speaking in the aftermath of Switzerland’s penalty shootout defeat to England in the Nations League 3rd-place playoff yesterday, the 26-year-old assured that he is ‘happy’ in north London, adding that he feels as though he is ready to take on the responsibility of the Gunners’ captain’s armband next season.
When asked directly if he would be on the move this summer, Xhaka explained:
‘Not that I know.’
‘I have another four years’ contract. I only signed last year. I’m happy there, my family too. That’s the most important thing.’
On the possibility of being named Arsenal captain, he continued:
‘It would certainly be the dot on the i.’
Quotes via Blick