Official: Swiss Hardman Granit Xhaka Joins Arsenal As Arsene Wenger Bulks Up Midfield

Alan Duffy

25th, May 2016

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As expected, Arsenal have signed midfielder Granit Xhaka, on a long-term contract and for an undisclosed fee (thought to be around £30million). Photos of the Swiss international wearing the new Gunners’ kit were leaked earlier this week, but now the move has been announced by the club.

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The 23-year-old, who has already amassed 41 caps with Switzerland, was s star performer for Borussia Monchengladbach, captaining them to fourth place last season and helping them secure a Champions League berth in each of the last two seasons.

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A tough-tackling deep-lying midfielder, Xhaka will add some much-needed muscle to the Gunner’s side, who all too often have looked brittle in recent campaigns.

On signing on the dotted line for Arsenal, Swiss international Xhaka said:

I’m very proud to be joining Arsenal. I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League. I will give everything to help Arsenal win trophies and make the fans happy.

Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger added:

Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.

We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad. We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.

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With the departure of both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini this summer, some (better quality) midfield reinforcements were necessary. However, unless Wenger brings in an A-Grade striker and centre-half, the Gunners could well be facing yet another season of disappointment.

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  1. Jarren says:

    As Arsene will no doubt be spending some time back home this summer watching the Euros, I can see him keeping one eye on the job and scouting for a few new possibilities.

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