Granit Xhaka is poised to close the curtain on his Arsenal career at the end of the 2022/23 season following seven years in north London.
There perhaps hasn’t been a player in modern times that has divided opinion at the Emirates more than the Swiss international, but nobody can dispute his loyalty and just how impressive a season he’s had in 2022/23.
Xhaka has experienced bleak lows and joyful highs during his rather tumultuous career in red and white, but there’s no doubt that he’ll leave the club with his head held high after putting together a tremendous campaign which, for much of the season, looked like it would culminate in Premier League glory.
Granit Xhaka set to leave Arsenal this summer
According to Chris Wheatley of London World, Xhaka wants to leave the club this summer in favour of a new challenge elsewhere. The 30-year-old has alerted the Gunners of his intentions, and Mikel Arteta will reportedly sanction a sale if a bid in the region of £15m-£20m arrives.
The player has an excellent relationship with his manager, and Arteta has played a key role in Xhaka’s resurgence after being booed off by the Emirates faithful during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in 2019.
The midfielder has found a new lease of life in a more advanced midfield function, scoring five Premier League goals and adding seven assists this season. He’s been a ubiquitous figure for the Gunners this term, and his impending exit will leave a gaping void in the dressing room. While he no longer has the captain’s armband, Xhaka operated as Arsenal’s spiritual leader.
Bayer Leverkusen have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old, and a return to Germany does seem to be on the cards.
As for Arsenal, a midfield refresh is in order this summer. At least two new recruits will be added to the engine room ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, with Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo reportedly the club’s priority targets.