This would be a dramatic turn of events.
Granit Xhaka, handed a lifeline by Arteta upon his appointment after his infamous outburst against Crystal Palace, had managed to claw his way back into the senior fold and become an integral part of Arsenal’s early improvements under Arteta.
Linked with a move to Hertha Berlin in the previous January window, he was convinced to stay by the Spaniard who showed loyalty to the midfielder with his regular inclusions in the Premier League. Deemed such an important figure, he’s one of a few whose spot in the team never feels under threat.
Mediocre form – at best – would argue otherwise, and a ludicrously stupid red card in the most recent loss to Burnley has finally opened Arteta’s eyes.
The Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel states that Arsenal are open to offers for the 28-year-old in the coming window. Not a declaration of wanting him out specifically, the stance doesn’t alter too much, only that if a bid decent enough bid came in, they’d think about it. The same could be said for most players.
However, after coming so close to leaving last winter, Xhaka may feel his time is up in north London. As Arsenal sink he may want to abandon ship, a decision that could help keep us a afloat in the end.
One to watch.