By now, you’ll know that Granit Xhaka is in talks with AS Roma about a transfer to the Serie A side, and Arsenal are negotiating with their Italian counterparts regarding the price.
A lot has been said on the matter, including claims that the Switzerland international is very keen on the move following a rather disappointing season by the Gunners under Mikel Arteta.
Xhaka himself played very regularly, picked more often than not by his Spanish manager, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy with how everything went, which could be why he’s looking for greener pastures under a manager known for winning things, at least in the past.
Currently with his national team ahead of the Euros, the 28-year-old is preparing for the tournament, where the hope will be he and his teammates are competitive enough to get out of their group.
Xhaka sat down with Blick ahead of the weekend and while he refused to talk about the topic of transfers, he was happy to discuss his season at Arsenal.
He said: “Football is a team sport and you’re only as good as your team. Of course, it was a good year for me personally, I’ve always played and performed, but the place at the end of the season is, of course, really bitter and disappointing for us”.
As for whether there were any problems during this Premier League season, he added: “There were certainly a number of issues that didn’t go optimally, but there is now no point in looking back”.