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Arsenal midfielder makes FIFA 19 Team of the Week

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Granit Xhaka made the FIFA 19 Team of the Week after his performance against Newcastle.

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In this edition of the Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast, Matthew and Helen talk through a happy away day in Newcastle, surprising left foot finishes,...

Arsenal striker trashed in player ratings as under-fire midfielder is hailed

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Gareth Southgate, Manager of England embraces Danny Welbeck of England as he is substituted during the international friendly match between England and Switzerland at The King Power Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Danny Welbeck received a 5.5 for his performance against Switzerland on Tuesday night as Granit Xhaka was hailed by Arsenal fans after an impressive performance.

'That hurts me': Arsenal star speaks out on media comments questioning...

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Granit Xhaka admits it hurts him to hear comments from former players and people in the media questioning his ability to represent Switzerland.

Former Liverpool defender: Xhaka's migration background proves he doesn't represent Switzerland

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz has spoken out against making Granit Xhaka captain of Switzerland, because of the Arsenal player's Albanian descent.

National team manager confirms Arsenal duo will take captain and vice-captain...

Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
Vladimir Petkovic has confirmed that despite the Albanian eagle controversy and retirement reports, Stephan Lichtsteiner remains Switzerland's captain, and Granit Xhaka is his vice-captain.

Arsenal midfielder says 'sorry' and admits he'd be 'stupid' to react...

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka has vowed to ‘never again’ celebrate for Switzerland using the Albanian eagle.

Love Arsenal? Podcast talking conquering Cardiff, Xhaka/Mustafi axis, Lacazette love, Torreira...

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In this edition of the Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast, Matthew and Anita talk through the ups, downs, howitzers and howlers of our conquering of...

This stat proves what Arsenal's best central midfield pairing is

Arsenal battled hard to win 3-2 against Cardiff City on Sunday, but it's starting to become apparent the central midfield pairing starting matches aren't getting results.

"Xhaka can never become a captain": Former Swiss star speaks out

Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates scoring during their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
Former Switzerland all-time leading goalscorer Kubilay Turkyilmaz thinks Xhaka should never become a captain of the national team, but not for the reason you might think.

In defence of Granit Xhaka

Against Chelsea on Saturday, we saw exactly why some Arsenal fans don't want Granit Xhaka in the team, but the match was also a great example for why the team needs him.

Defeat to Manchester City highlighted Arsenal's best midfield trio

Losing matches is just something you have to deal with in football, but defeat to Manchester City helped to give us some insight about who should play in Arsenal's midfield trio.

Official who questioned Arsenal star's motivation resigns

This picture taken on June 23, 2018 shows Swiss football Federation general secretary Alex Miescher at Torpedo Stadium in Tolyatti also known as Togliatti, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. - Miescher resigned from Swiss football federation after he initiated a debate on a ban of dual citizenship for players. After the elimination of Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Russia Miescher had questioned in the press on the policy to follow on players with dual nationality in the Swiss team. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
Alex Miescher, the secretary general of the Swiss FA (SFV) who questioned the motivations of players with dual nationalities during the World Cup, handed in his resignation on Friday.

"I immediately called Xhaka": Swiss star explains his reaction to forced...

Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates scoring during their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
Valon Behrami has revealed that his immediate response to learning he'd be forced out of his national team was to call Granit Xhaka and give the Arsenal man his support.

AS Roma looking at signing Arsenal star as alternative to N'Zonzi

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
AS Roma are considering alternative options to the signing of Steven N'Zonzi this summer, and one player catching their eye is Arsenal's Granit Xhaka, according to reports.

Arsenal-Lazio squad update: 2 youngsters and at least 1 new signing...

Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson are both in the squad to face Lazio in Stockholm on Saturday night, in Arsenal's final pre-season friendly before the real football begins next weekend.

Rated: Arsenal's 10 players in this summer's World Cup

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
This summer, Arsenal had 10 players participating in the World Cup, if you include new signing Lucas Torreira, so let's take a look at how they all got on.

Granit Xhaka in another Swiss controversy

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka’s nationality is once again causing problems.

Video emerges of Arsenal star clashing with an angry Serbia fan

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
A video has emerged of Granit Xhaka responding to taunts from an angry Serbia fan, after his Albanian eagle celebration earlier in the World Cup.

Granit Xhaka is not happy

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka has hit out at the Swiss FA's Secretary General after he ‘disappointed dual citizens’ with recent comments claiming that players should have to drop their second country to represent Switzerland.

New Arsenal signing speaks out to defend club teammate over World...

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Stephan Lichtsteiner has spoken out to defend club and international teammate Granit Xhaka, after some criticism of the 25-year-old at the World Cup.

Swedish player apologises to Arsenal star for 'unfair' provocative comments

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka has revealed that Mikael Lustig personally apologised for his pre-match comments about the Arsenal midfielder, after Sweden's match against Switzerland on Tuesday.

Albanian Prime Minister opens bank account to help Arsenal star

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speaks during a meeting on Western Balkans in Paris on May 29, 2018. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)
The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has opened a bank account so that he can contribute to the fines picked up by Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Love Arsenal? Podcast talking Jack Wilshere's departure, Bernd Leno, freebies &...

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In this edition of the Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast, Matthew is back to talk about Jack's goodbye, hello to Bernd Leno (and maybe Lucas Torreira), and hello again to another Lucas. He also talks freebies, Albanian Eagles and a VAR-tastic World Cup.

Fans crowdfund to pay fines for Arsenal stars: Thousands raised in...

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Kosovan fans are crowdfunding to try and pay the fines of Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner, after the trio were punished by FIFA for their goal celebrations.

Arsenal pair punished by FIFA

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner escaped with fines after they were charged with ‘provoking the general public’ following their goal celebrations against Serbia and a complaint by the Serbian FA.

Arsenal's new signing charged by FIFA, faces significant ban

Switzerland's defender Stephan Lichtsteiner reacts after winning their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
Stephan Lichtsteiner has also been charged by FIFA after he joined in with Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri’s double-headed eagle celebration.

How Granit Xhaka helped Switzerland topple the Serbians

Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka celebrates scoring during their Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Serbia and Switzerland at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
Since his move from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 Granit Xhaka has split opinion but his improvement is undeniable.

Arsenal new boy comes to the defence of Granit Xhaka

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Stephan Lichtsteiner has defended Granit Xhaka after the Arsenal man celebrated his Switzerland screamer with a double-headed eagle gesture aimed at the Serbian fans.

Arsenal stars join campaign to welcome refugees to UK

Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, and Petr Cech have all joined forces with Freedom from Torture’s campaign to mark Refugee Week that runs until 24th June.

Xhaka: 'I do not give a damn'

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka says he doesn't care whether people think Switzerland got lucky against Brazil, insisting the final score is all that matters.

Assessed: Arsenal's 9 players at the World Cup after 1 round...

On Tuesday afternoon the first round of World Cup matches drew to a close, so let's take a look at how the Arsenal players are getting on at the tournament so far.

Podcast: Xhaka and Lichtsteiner criticised – Arsenal World Cup daily round-up

In this third podcast of our summer World Cup series, Anita recaps day four of the action which featured Costa Rica (Joel Campbell) v Serbia, Germany (Mesut Ozil) v Mexico (Carlos Vela), and Brazil v Switzerland (Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner).

Swiss media tank Granit Xhaka as Stoke man savaged

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland shows appreciation to the fans after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka was given a terrible rating of just 3-4 after his performance against Brazil.

Details emerge of midfielder's 'unprecedented' Arsenal deal, home country shocked

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal celebrates his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka signed a six-year deal with Arsenal on Friday, according to reports in his home country, where they're calling the extension 'unprecedented'.

Unai Emery hails 25-year-old who can ‘develop more’ at Arsenal after...

Unai Emery has hailed Granit Xhaka as the Swiss midfielder put pen-to-paper on a new Arsenal deal.

Watch: The tackle that injured Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka picked up a knee injury but, despite having to be helped from the pitch, will not miss the World Cup after bone bruising was confirmed rather than ligament damage as first feared.

Arsenal scapegoat 'doesn't always understand' criticism of his performances

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal celebrates his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka insists the criticism he faces with Arsenal doesn't annoy him, but he doesn't always understand why he's getting it.

Training injury leaves Arsenal star in tears ahead of World Cup

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal celebrates his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka was spotted crying after picking up a knee injury during a training session with Switzerland.

Manager says his team would be better if he had this...

Kosovo manager Bernard Challandes says he doesn't have enough quality in his squad at the moment, and it would be much easier if the likes of Granit Xhaka played for them instead.

Arsenal at the World Cup: Who should you be supporting?

It’s nearly that time again. The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching, with the first match taking place on the 14th of June between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

'Captain's performance', 'He was always a threat': Player Ratings v Huddersfield...

Arsenal gave Arsene Wenger one final win as a send off on Sunday afternoon, with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Star forward dropped from Wenger's final line-up: Predicted XI vs Huddersfield

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Arsenal face Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday, in the final match of the season and Arsene Wenger's last game in charge of the club.

'He wasn't up to the pace': Player ratings v Leicester City

Arsenal lost yet another away match on Wednesday night, this time against Leicester City, but for once the team had a valid excuse.

Star striker dropped: Predicted XI v Leicester City

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal and his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsenal face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday, as the Premier League season draws to a close this week.

Arsenal star finally breaks social media silence after Atletico Madrid defeat

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 03: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal lies injured during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Arsenal FC at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram page this morning, apologising to the fans for failing to win the Europa League and thanking them for their support.

'A really poor performance from him': Player ratings v Atletico Madrid

Arsenal fell disappointingly short on Thursday night in Madrid, failing to match the away goal Atletico scored in North London and ending up on the end of a 1-0 defeat.

Injured duo to return: Predicted XI v Atletico Madrid

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal and Alex Iwobi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Arsenal face Atletico Madrid in Spain on Thursday, in arguably the biggest game of the season for Arsene Wenger's side.

Former Swiss captain hits out at treatment of Arsenal star after...

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal celebrates his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Former Switzerland captain, Ciri Sforza, and SRF expert, Beni Huggel, have leapt to the defence of Granit Xhaka after the Arsenal midfielder was heavily criticised during the weekend’s game against Manchester United.

Exclusive: Arsenal legend insists Gunners midfielder 'must improve' in these 3...

Emmanuel Petit thinks Granit Xhaka has a few areas to work on if he's really going to push on and become the player he can be, after the 25-year-old captained the side this weekend.

'What a debut', 'He didn't inspire confidence': Player ratings v Manchester...

Arsenal lost 2-1 to Manchester United on Sunday, but the very young and inexperienced team can mostly hold their heads high after a fighting performance.

Star striker dropped: Predicted XI v Manchester United

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal celebrates scoring the 3rd Arsenal goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Arsenal face Manchester United this weekend at Old Trafford, as Arsene Wenger makes his final trip to his old rivals as manager of his current club.

'His form is becoming a concern': Player ratings v West Ham

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsenal kept their impressive win going with a 4-1 win in what we discovered on Friday would be Arsene Wenger's final London derby, against West Ham.

Star midfield duo to return: Predicted XI v West Ham United

Arsenal face West Ham United at home on Sunday, as the world reels from the news that it will be Arsene Wenger's penultimate Premier League match in North London.

Arsenal pair of 'transfer failures' face axe this summer

Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi's futures are far from certain this summer, according to reports, as the pair are apparently failing to live up to their hype. Is that really true though?

Will he ever learn?: Player ratings v Newcastle United

Arsenal slipped to yet another embarrassing away defeat to opposition they should be beating easily on Sunday, as Newcastle ran out 2-1 victors at St. James Park.

Star strikers to start together: Arsenal predicted XI v Newcastle

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Elneny, Ramsey; Aubameyang, Ozil; Lacazette.

7 examples proving Arsenal need VAR despite vote against it

Referee Andre Marriner (L) has words with Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK /
The Premier League have rejected the introduction of VAR next season, instead opting for further testing in the cup competitions.

Injuries and illnesses: Arsenal's depleted predicted XI v CSKA Moscow

Arsenal face CSKA Moscow on Thursday night at the VEB Arena in Russia, with a three-goal lead and a place in the Europa League semi-final on the line.

Comprehensive fixture list for Arsenal players this international break

It's time for another international break and two weeks away from club football, so to help you cope here's the fixture list for all the Arsenal players called up.

Under-fire midfielder surprises fans with excellent performance: Arsenal player ratings v...

Arsenal overcame a brief comeback scare to ease past AC Milan with a 3-1 win in the second leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Thursday.

Assessed: The 4 signings Sven Mislintat wants to make for Arsenal

Sven Mislintat, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, has become Arsenal's new Head of Recruitment.
Sven Mislintat wants Arsenal to sign players in four different positions this summer, according to reports, in what is shaping up to be a significantly busier window than last year.

Silencing critics and showing cojones: Arsenal player ratings v Watford

Arsenal put in another good performance in their weekend victory over Watford, winning consecutive games for only the second time this calendar year.

4 positions Arsenal MUST strengthen urgently

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal talks to Calum Chambers and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
It's fairly clear right now that Arsenal's squad is far from perfect, but which positions in particular do the club need to look at in the summer?

He made everyone around him better: Arsenal player ratings v Milan

Arsenal finally ended their losing streak with a top team performance away at the San Siro, beating Milan 2-0 on the night.

He's too slow: Compatriot's brutal assessment of big Arsenal signing

PRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 27: Stephene Henchoz of Wigan waits to get into the action during the pre-season friendly match between Preston and Wigan at Deapdale on July 27, 2005 in Preston, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Former Switzerland defender Stéphane Henchoz believes that Granit Xhaka's problems with Arsenal stem from the 25-year-old's lack of pace.

Granit Xhaka wants to return to Basel according to his brother

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Taulant Xhaka wants to play alongside his brother Granit again in the future, and says he doesn't mind whether it's at Arsenal or FC Basel.

It is obvious why Arsene Wenger won't drop this 6ft1 midfielder

Against Brighton, Granit Xhaka made his 42nd consecutive Premier League start, raising questions about why Arsene Wenger is so insistent on playing him whatever the scenario.

No more excuses: Brutal Arsenal player ratings v Brighton

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: A dejected looking Petr Cech of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at Amex Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Arsenal slipped to a new low over the weekend, losing a fourth consecutive match, 2-1 against newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.

Arsenal fans split over who to blame after another Manchester City...

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on March 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Some Arsenal fans reckon that Arsene Wenger is entirely to blame for his side's clueless performances this season but others believe the players need to start looking at themselves.

Shadow of his former self: Brutal Arsenal player ratings v Manchester...

Arsenal put in a slightly improved performance against Manchester City on Thursday night, but ended with exactly the same result as at the weekend.

Picking out the worst performers: Arsenal ratings v Manchester City

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal talks to Calum Chambers and Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Arsenal slumped to a humiliating League Cup final defeat on Sunday, losing 3-0 to Manchester City, and there was hardly a single positive individual performance of note.

Defensive blunders, dramatic Pep Guardiola & ‘Aguerooo!’: 23 things Arsenal fans...

After Arsenal lost 2-1 at home to Östersunds FK on Thursday night, it's probably fair to say that Gooners aren't expecting much from the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.

He pointed at others to do it instead: Brutal Arsenal player...

Arsenal suffered a poor 2-1 defeat to Östersunds FK on Thursday night, which was disappointing despite the aggregate result putting the club in the next round.

Arsenal to strengthen 2 key areas in summer but neglect 3rd

Arsenal want to strengthen their central defence and midfield in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

How Patrick Vieira’s 5-year-old Wenger comments prove his inability to change

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira says Arsene Wenger's trust in his players is both his biggest strength and his biggest weakness.

It’s snow joke: Arsenal stars greeted by frosty conditions ahead of...

Arsenal have traveled to the Swedish town of Östersund this week to face their football team in the Europa League and while the players will have known it would be cold, I'm not sure they were all entirely prepared for mountains of snow.

No threat without him and 6 other things Arsenal’s abject performance...

After Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, let's look at seven things we learned from the match.

Abject Arsenal: Only 1 player stands out in tragic Tottenham player...

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur scores his side's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Arsenal lost 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday's North London derby, but they put in a terrible performance that deserved an even worse scoreline.

Iwobi dropped: Predicted Arsenal 4-3-3 for huge Tottenham game

After last week's emphatic win against Everton, Arsenal will want to keep the good feelings going with a similar starting XI in the North London derby on Saturday.

How do Arsenal deal with Dele Alli, the league’s biggest diver?

Arsenal will be up against one of the Premier League's most prolific divers in Dele Alli on Saturday. The myth that English players don't dive...

Sloppy midfielder as strung together more Premier League starts than any...

No Arsenal player has put together more consecutive starts in the Premier League than Granit Xhaka. 

Granit Xhaka lets slip massive Arsenal problem that's now solved -...

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal (C) celebrates as he scores their second goal with team mates Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka says the team can finally focus on football, after all the speculation in recent months, but was that really the problem for the Gunners?

Arsenal 'fans' abuse forces midfielder to disable Instagram comments

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka has disabled the comments on his Instagram for a second time after receiving abusive messages.

Not good enough: Regret as Wenger admits he 'couldn't do everything'...

Arsene Wenger wanted to sign a defender during the January transfer window to strengthen his side's leaky defence.

Arsenal bolstering attack in January but key area must be addressed...

Arsenal's attention has been on revamping their attack this month, but they must focus on the midfield in the summer.

Granit Xhaka names which Arsenal player it's a big honour to...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka says it's a big honour to play alongside Jack Wilshere, and thinks he can learn a lot from such a talented midfielder.

Monreal is Arsenal’s hero again as Elneny underwhelms: Player ratings vs...

Granit Xhaka's winner against Chelsea saw Arsenal book their place in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, with Nacho Monreal delivering a man-of-the-match performance.

Granit Xhaka 'sure' Arsenal's style of play will suit Mkhitaryan

Granit Xhaka says Arsenal's style of play will suit Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and he'd happily put the days of playing against the Armenian international behind him.

Why did Arsenal get rid of Francis Coquelin?

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Seemingly out of nowhere, Arsenal sold Francis Coquelin to Valencia, so what happened and why did Arsene Wenger seem happy to get rid of the player?

5 out for Arsenal, 1 key player in for Chelsea: Blow...

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that while Eden Hazard missed out on Chelsea's FA Cup draw against Norwich with a calf problem, the Belgian returns for Arsenal.

Massive Arsenal blow as 5 players ruled out & 2 face...

Arsene Wenger has delivered the latest Arsenal team news ahead of the Gunners' first League Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Arsenal referee problems not likely to improve with selection against Nottingham...

Jon Moss will take charge of Arsenal's FA Cup third-round clash at Nottingham Forest this weekend so let's look at his history of refereeing Gunners matches even though we all know he's one of the worst officials in the division.

Another Arsenal injury could open Maitland-Niles midfield door but won't

Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs a chance in midfield, but may be needed at full back more on Sunday.

Arsenal lose 6th player to injury as key midfielder ruled out...

In his press conference ahead of the Nottingham Forest FA Cup tie, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Granit Xhaka has become the latest Arsenal player to pick up an injury.

'The balance is not right' - Emmanuel Petit names which Arsenal...

Emmanuel Petit thinks Granit Xhaka's partnership with Jack Wilshere is holding the Englishman back from reaching his full potential at Arsenal.

Arsenal 2017 review: January/February/March

In true Arsenal style, after the busy festive period and back-to-back defeats to Everton and Manchester City in December, January went rapidly downhill.

Xhaka, Scott and Pires visit Arsenal’s new sensory room

Granit Xhaka, Robert Pires and Alex Scott visited the new sensory room at the Emirates Stadium, set up for fans with disabilities so they can enjoy the game.

Six things we learned from Arsenal’s roller coaster clash against Liverpool

Arsenal someone managed to earn a point against Liverpool despite being 2-0 down at half-time but did we actually learn anything?

Only two players have made more fouls than Arsenal's combative and...

Eleven months after Granit Xhaka's last red card for Arsenal, the question remains if the midfielder has started to turn a corner in regard to his indiscipline. There is evidence to the contrary.

I don't envy him: Granit Xhaka's brother speaks

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Taulant Xhaka is happy his brother is having a career abroad, but is not envious of him.

Martin Keown claims Arsenal fan favourite putting underfire midfielder 'in jeopardy'...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Martin Keown thinks Granit Xhaka should be worried about his position when Aaron Ramsey returns, thanks to Jack Wilshere's promising recent form.

Wenger is using him wrong: Fans explain what Xhaka was like...

Granit Xhaka had an excellent reputation at Borussia Mochengladbach, so how did they get the best out of him?

Inconsistent Ozil and vital Alexis? Who really was Arsenal’s worst player...

Picking out Arsenal's three worst players against Southampton is like peering into a bin and trying to choose which piece of rubbish is the least shiny.

This player needs dropped & other things we learned from Arsenal's...

Another Arsenal away game, another embarrassing display from men who earn more in a week than I probably have in my entire life.

Arsenal are top of the table for this ignominious statistic

Arsenal have made more errors leading to an opposition shot than any other team in the Premier League this season.

Midfielder 'excited' to be at 'world class club' like Arsenal

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Granit Xhaka reflected on his first season with Arsenal, and talked about his hopes for the future, in a recent interview with Arsenal Media.

Who will Arsenal players face at the World Cup next summer?

After the World Cup draw took place earlier this afternoon, we're looking at who the Arsenal players will face at the competition next summer.

Predicted 3-4-3 Arsenal lineup v Huddersfield: Ozil and Alexis rested, Wilshere...

Arsenal welcome Huddersfield to the Emirates on Wednesday, but Arsene Wenger may have a selection headache with one eye on Saturday's meeting with Manchester United.

Battling Arsenal midfielder explains how he tackled this crucial issue in...

Granit Xhaka has been improving the timing of his tackles according to a recent interview.

Granit Xhaka explains how he disappointed his mum

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Granit Xhaka has said his mum didn't improve of him getting tattoos.

Granit Xhaka makes bold claim about Arsenal's title hopes

Granit Xhaka insists that Arsenal can still catch Manchester City in the title race.

Granit Xhaka explains why he has such great mental strength with...

Granit Xhaka has credited his father for his mental toughness. 

Fans were unhappy with this Arsenal player's performance on international duty

The Arsenal fans weren't impressed with Granit Xhaka's performance against Northern Ireland.

Controversial call sees Arsenal midfielder through to World Cup

The controversial penalty awarded to Switzerland against Northern Ireland on Thursday has proven to be massively important after a 0-0 draw in Basel on Sunday evening.

Granit Xhaka: Bad player or just a bad spell?

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
In just over a year at Arsenal, Xhaka has shown signs of being a quality midfielder, yet further improvement is needed.

Pundit admits Arsenal star has been 'hit and miss' and gives...

Arsenal legend, Ray Parlour, reckons that Granit Xhaka needs to take a leaf out of Gilberto Silva's book when it comes to reading the game.

Arsenal midfielder can't understand fuss over controversial call

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka doesn't understand why everyone's making such a big deal about the penalty Switzerland were given against Northern Ireland on Thursday evening.

Quality international defender hails 'world class leadership' midfielder is learning at...

Granit Xhaka's Switzerland teammate Stephan Lichtsteiner believes that the midfielder has learned more responsibility and world class leadership skills at Arsenal.

Emergency landing delays Arsenal star's departure

Granit Xhaka and the rest of the Switzerland national football team experienced delays at Belfast International Airport on Friday after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

Examining why Granit Xhaka is so much better for Switzerland than...

For the last few months, Granit Xhaka's performances for Switzerland have consistently been better than they've been for Arsenal. We're exploring why that might be.

Love of science inspires Arsenal midfielder's international nickname

Granit Xhaka's nickname among his Swiss teammates is "Little Einstein," because he loves science.

Arsenal midfielder described as ‘playmaker with vision’ as he helps country...

Granit Xhaka won’t play in many easier matches than the one he took part in against Northern Ireland on Thursday night at the National Stadium in Belfast.

This is how Arsenal could have corrected the problems from the...

Last Sunday, when Arsenal's team selection to face Manchester City was announced, there were two immediate reactions of disbelief.

George Graham has one important rule about being a manager

George Graham believes it's now more important than ever to instil fear into players.

This is why Arsenal are unlikely to agree a deal with...

Rafinha's injury problems could see Arsène Wenger avoid making an approach in January, despite the recent reports linking the two.

These are the nine Arsenal players currently away in the international...

Nine Arsenal players have been called up for their countries for their upcoming international matches.

What is he offering? Arsenal player ratings v Manchester City

Arsenal went to Manchester City and lost, just like we all expected them to.

Hardest working Arsenal player this season confirmed

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
No Arsenal player has covered more ground than Granit Xhaka this season.

8 Arsenal players get senior international call-ups

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Several Arsenal players will be in action during the international break

Pundit tells Arsene Wenger to use Aaron Ramsey like Chelsea man

Jamie Redknapp thinks Arsène Wenger should use Aaron Ramsey in the same way Chelsea used Frank Lampard.

Granit Xhaka explains what Arsene Wenger said in dressing room against...

Granit Xhaka has revealed what Arsene Wenger said during his half-time talk on Saturday.

No cajones? This Arsenal star thinks otherwise

Granit Xhaka is convinced that Arsenal have answered their critics by coming back from 1-0 down to beat Swansea on Saturday.

Are Arsenal’s comeback a sign of mental strength or mental fragility...

Wenger and his players spoke of the mental strength required to do so, but what does it say that they keep falling behind in the first place?

Is this why Granit Xhaka is struggling this season and should...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka's form this season is a concern for Arsenal.

Arsenal star hails teammate: He has so much quality!

Granit Xhaka has hailed his teammate Sead Kolasinac after the wing-back scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday.

Wenger explains simple change he made at halftime to turn things...

Arsène Wenger says he told the team to play quicker and with more switches of play in the second half of the match against Swansea to try and turn the result around.

Arsene Wenger drops a hint about dropping error-prone midfielder

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsene Wenger has hinted that he could drop Granit Xhaka in favour of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Arsenal supporters fume at Granit Xhaka after another cock-up against Everton

Granit Xhaka again felt the ire of Arsenal supporters on Sunday, after he was blamed for losing the ball which led to Everton taking the lead.

Arsenal shock everyone by playing well against Everton

Arsenal got over their defeat against Watford by beating Everton convincingly at Goodison Park, with a 5-2 win.

Hammering him not the solution: Arsenal legend defends underfire midfielder

Granit Xhaka shouldn't take all the blame for Arsenal's loss to Watford last weekend, according to Thierry Henry.

These are the positions Arsenal need to strengthen in January

Arsenal's indifferent start to the season makes them seem they aren't set up for success and may need to improve the squad in the winter transfer window. But what do they need?

Episode 117: What happens after anger?

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
In this latest edition of the Daily Cannon podcast, Matthew is joined by Anita, Paul & special guest Miloš Vukelić from @ArsenalSerbia to look back in apathy at Watford.

Pundit slams Arsenal for using this player out of position

Danny Murphy thinks Granit Xhaka is being played in the wrong position for Arsenal, as the Swiss international doesn't show enough awareness of defensive dangers.

Arsenal fans furious with Xhaka for picking his nose while Watford...

Nobody was impressed by Xhaka's defensive effort in stoppage time. 

Arsenal's internationals: Alexis' Chile eliminated, Giroud enters France record books

There'll be no World Cup for Alexis Sanchez's Chile side, while Olivier Giroud became France's seventh all-time highest goalscorer.

These are the two positives and two negatives of the international...

Hasn't the international break been so, so entertaining? Are there really any positives for Arsenal fans during this two week hiatus? Well, when you think about it, there actually are a few.

How have Arsenal turned things round since the Liverpool defeat?

When the Gunners lost 4-0 to Liverpool just a week after yet another failure to overturn Stoke away from home it looked like the team was in for another long season.

Surprising Arsenal man makes top 10 for Premier League touches, Granit...

While the fact that Granit Xhaka has already had the most touches in the Premier League this season probably won't surprise you, the second Arsenal player to get into the top 10 might.

International watch: Arsenal 21-year-old sends Nigeria through to 2018 World Cup,...

Alex Iwobi not only scored for Nigeria on Saturday evening, he sent his country through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

See Granit Xhaka's funky new boots for breast cancer awareness

Granit Xhaka has chosen to wear pink boots for his next game to help raise breast cancer awareness.

These twelve Arsenal players have been called up for international duty

In total, twelve Arsenal first-team players have been called up to represent their countries over the international break.

Worst 3 Arsenal players of the season so far

Picking out the three worst Arsenal players of the season so far isn't easy.

Granit Xhaka hails Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Portugal clash

Granit Xhaka has revealed his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Switzerland's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Portugal on 10 October.

Granit Xhaka admits being ‘lost for words’ over spending as he...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka admits that some of the spending currently going on in the world of football has left him lost for words.

Arsenal on international duty: Who, when and where?

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After Arsenal's match against Brighton the international break is underway again, just a few weeks after the last one ended. So which Arsenal players are involved, and when?

Arsenal come 4th yet again, Tottenham 3rd in this stat

Arsenal are a team known for their passing and possession based game, so you'd expect them to be near the top of the pass accuracy rankings.

Arsenal's turnover reaches £422m according to leaked document

Arsenal's financial results for the last full year have been leaked on social media, showing the Gunners increasing their football turnover to £422.8m.

Granit Xhaka explains what Alexandre Lacazette now has to do at...

Granit Xhaka has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his performances and his goals at the Emirates so far, but says the Frenchman just has to do the same away from home.

Martin Keown names Arsenal's standout performer in Monday's win over West...

Martin Keown has praised Mohamed Elneny after his showing against West Brom, calling the Arsenal midfielder a "standout" performer at the Emirates.

Arsenal fans name the one player they want replaced in the...

Despite Arsenal's 2-0 win against West Brom, supporters weren't pleased with the performance of Granit Xhaka. Many took to Twitter to beg the club to replace him with Jack Wilshere.

Charlie Nicholas believes this Arsenal midfielder is better than his club...

Charlie Nicholas believes that Jack Wilshere has more technical ability than Granit Xhaka and could still be a useful player for Arsenal. 

Charlie Nicholas names the one Arsenal player he would drop from...

Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal should leave midfielder Granit Xhaka out of their upcoming home games.

Former Arsenal midfielder explains how 26-year-old dominated Chelsea playmaker in Sunday's...

Arsenal's midfield came in for a lot of stick against Liverpool so it was encouraging to see Aaron Ramsey put in a man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea on Sunday.

These seven Arsenal players didn’t train ahead of Thursday’s Europa League...

Arsene Wenger could leave out seven first-team players for Thursday’s Europa League clash, with Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey all missing training.

Arsenal 24-year-old reveals why he's rooting against Manchester United

Granit Xhaka says he is rooting for his former club FC Basel to beat Manchester United when the two sides lock horns in the Champions League tonight.

Arsenal name these 42 players in this season's squad for the...

Alexis Sanchez has been named in Arsenal's Europa League squad for this season, along with 41 other players.

Arsenal 24-year-old reveals how his club teammate helped him settle

Sead Kolasinac reveals that Granit Xhaka has helped him settle into life at Arsenal.

International round-up: Arsenal trio feature for France, Welbeck scores for England,...

Three Arsenal players featured for France in their stalemate with Luxembourg, while Danny Welbeck scored for England and Mesut Ozil impressed with Germany.

Arsenal's £35m signing admits Gunners 'didn't show up' against Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka admits that Arsenal didn't show up during their 4-0 thrashing at Anfield last Sunday.

Arsenal international round up: 1 injury, Asano scores, Giroud and Kolašinac...

In the first set of World Cup qualifiers this International break, Arsenal had nine players involved for their country, across seven teams.

Arsenal 24-year-old named Player of the Year

Granit Xhaka has been voted as Switzerland's Player of the Year. 

Arsenal 24-year-old disables Instagram after 'death threats'

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been forced to disable his comments on Instagram after receiving 'death threats' and a barrage of abuse from supporters.

Fans attack Arsenal 24-year-old after making costly error for the third...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsenal fans have turned on Granit Xhaka following another costly mistake, this time against Liverpool.

Piers Morgan attacks these three Arsenal players after Liverpool defeat

Piers Morgan has never been one to hold back when it comes to Arsenal and Sunday was no exception.

Arsenal legend says 24-year-old is adapting to the Premier League

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Arsenal legend, Gilberto Silva, is pleased with how Granit Xhaka is gradually adapting to the Premier League.

Xhaka hopes to improve criticised aspect of his game this season

Granit Xhaka is hoping to improve on his disciplinary record this season.

Walcott for Lacazette and other things that confused us as Arsenal...

Arsenal were defeated 1-0 by Stoke at thArsenal were defeated 1-0 by Stoke at the Bet365 stadium this evening, and there were some very familiar lessons.e Bet365 stadium this evening, and there were some very familiar lessons. 

Granit Xhaka aims to help new £52m Arsenal signing

Granit Xhaka has told the club website that he wants to push on and improve in the coming season, as well as helping others around him to succeed.

Arsenal’s chaotic win over Leicester City: A design flaw, or a...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Arsenal won their first league game of the season last Friday, despite playing a winger at left–back, a left–back at centre–back, another left–back at centre–back, and without the services of their captain, best centre midfielder and best attacker.

Thierry Henry says Arsenal must make this change if Lacazette is...

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry feels his former side need to make adjustments to their playing style to get the best from Alexandre Lacazette.

Robbie Savage says Arsenal won't win Premier League title with these...

Robbie Savage doesn't believe that Arsenal will win the Premier League with Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in midfield.

No one in the Premier League has covered more ground than...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
It probably won't surprise you to find out that Granit Xhaka covered the most ground in the Premier League during the opening weekend.

Arsenal legend says former club need to stop doing this in...

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes his old club can often over-play possesion, and should cut down trying to do ‘the Arsenal ball’.

Jamie Redknapp warns this Arsenal player needs to have a good...

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal gestures to his team mates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Jamie Redknapp believes that Granit Xhaka needs to prove himself by having a 'big season' this term.

Out of this world: Granit Xhaka wallpapers & covers

Ah Granit! The bad boy who isn't actually bad but a really good midfielder.

This midfield partnership could lead Arsenal to a long-awaited title

With Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal have a midfield partnership that can finally boss the game around. Recruiting a top midfielder is easier said...

Arsenal defender reveals what Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and others did...

New-boy Sead Kolasinac has revealed that Arsenal's strong German influence in the squad helped him quickly settle in.

What positions do Arsenal still need to strengthen?

There's just one month remaining in the transfer window, and Arsenal still have work to do.

Kolasinac thanks Xhaka for assist after ‘great win’ over Chelsea

Sead Kolasinac was pleased to score his first Arsenal goal against Chelsea on Sunday.

Watch what Wenger, Conte, Xhaka & Cech had to say after...

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Arsene Wenger, Antonio Conte, Granit Xhaka and Petr Cech all gave interviews after Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-1 on penalties in the Community Shield.

With performances like this he’ll win doubters over: Granit Xhaka v...

Granit Xhaka earned the man of the match award in a metronomic display against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

Pictures: Behind the scenes at Arsenal’s photocall

On Wednesday, the Arsenal squad took part in their official photocall.

Granit Xhaka poses with wife Leonita Lekaj on Instagram

Granit Xhaka has been enjoying his life away from the football pitch since returning from his summer holiday alongside his new wife, Leonita Lekaj.

Manchester United man with worth disciplinary record that Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka arrived in the Premier League last season with a reputation for getting himself into trouble with the ref on a regular basis.

Are Arsenal looking for a Santi Cazorla replacement?

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Santi Cazorla's injury problems are reaching the stage where it's difficult to plan ahead with him in mind. Arsenal have to sign a replacement, but will they?

Player ratings: Cech and Martinez solid between the sticks in shootout...

Arsenal goalkeepers Petr Cech and Emi Martinez both shone in Wednesday's win over Bayern Munich.

Pictures: Arsenal travel to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

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Arsenal have kicked off their pre-season tour with a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

Will Arsenal replace Santi Cazorla this summer?

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Santi Cazorla's injury problems are reaching the stage where it's difficult to plan ahead with him in mind. Arsenal have to sign a replacement, but will they?

Arsenal’s incomings and Lyon’s outgoings: Where Lacazette ranks

The £52m transfer of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon to Arsenal is a record deal for both clubs.

Is this the end of Francis Coquelin's Arsenal career?

Francis Coquelin v Manchester United
Amid talk of Arsenal signing a new central midfielder, we take a look at the prospects of Francis Coquelin.

Xhaka lays down table-tennis challenge to his followers

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been spending some of his time on holiday to practice table-tennis skills.

Episode 101: Transfers? We don’t need no stinking transfers

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
In this latest edition of the Daily Cannon podcast, Matthew is joined by Anita to talk French strikers, goalies and shopping with Mourinho, as well as Willock, Weddings, Wilshere and Walcott's futures, and West Ham.

Arsenal players on holiday

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The Arsenal players have been taking some much-needed down-time ahead of their pre-season Australian tour in July.

Contract issues could benefit Arsenal as father invites contact for 30-year-old

Arsenal are on alert as contract talks between Blaise Matuidi and PSG have stalled.

Granit Xhaka snapped proposing to his girlfriend

Big congratulations are in order for Granit Xhaka and his girlfriend, Leonita Lekaj, after they got engaged this week.

22-year-old midfielder snubs Arsenal interest to join Chelsea for £35m

AS Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko, a player Arsenal were reportedly keen on last season, is on the verge of joining Chelsea this summer.

Jack Wilshere: What’s next for the player once tipped for greatness?

Jack Wilshere’s migration south last year was supposed to resurrect his fledgling career. But after proving fitness wasn’t an issue, it was his form that hindered his appearances at Bournemouth.

Rangers, Birmingham & more: Does this 22-year-old midfielder have a future...

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With the season over and clubs strengthening their respective sides in preparation for next term, Jon Toral is a player with plenty of questions to be answered in the coming months.

5 positions Arsenal must strengthen before the season starts

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In the past, Arsenal have not always been punctual with their transfer dealings but this year they need to change that

Arsenal in the summer: Complete run-down of Arsenal players in action

With so many Arsenal players potentially away on international duty, we took a look at the matches you should keep an eye out for this summer.

An overpriced flop and defensive liability? Granit Xhaka's first season assessed

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A flop. Overpriced, over-rated and underwhelming - how did Granit Xhaka really do in his first season at Arsenal?

What positions are Arsenal actually looking to reinforce this summer?

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After missing out on Champions League qualification, Arsenal have a very important transfer window ahead. We've already been linked with several players, but which areas of the team should be reinforced this summer?

Arsenal's 10 most expensive signings - Can you name them all?

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Arsenal have been heavily criticised in recent years for a lack of big moves in the transfer market. Perhaps it's not much of a surprise then, that eight of their top 10 all-time most expensive signings have been completed in the last five seasons.

£35m midfielder: He was the first to contact me when I...

Granit Xhaka has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the first Arsenal player to welcome him following his £35m move from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.

Juventus midfielder confirms Arsenal approach and hints at summer exit

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Mario Lemina has confirmed he has received an offer from Arsenal as he looks to leave Juventus.

Granit Xhaka discusses Alexis exit talk and Ozil staying at Arsenal

Granit Xhaka has spoken to German press about his time at Arsenal and the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

What would happen if Arsenal re-signed Cesc Fabregas?

And so the summer transfer window takes another twist as rumours emerge that Fabregas could potentially re-join Arsenal.

Xhaka and Giroud score screamers, Alexis' decisive assist and more

Four first-team players were in action for their respective countries on international duty, while some Ladies also featured during international friendlies.

Xhaka on Wenger’s new deal, terror attacks in London, red cards...

Granit Xhaka spoke to Blick about the recent terror attacks in London, Wenger's new contract and red cards.

Awesome Granit Xhaka wallpaper and social media covers

Granit Xhaka arrived at Arsenal almost a year ago and instantly made himself a fan favourite with his thunderbolts and a target for referees because of the press agenda against him.

29 players rated but who topped Arsenal's Player Power Rankings?

With the 2016/17 season having come to a close, it's time to look at which Arsenal players were the most influential over the course of the campaign, as well as those who left a lot to be desired.

Xhaka features as Switzerland make history, Iwobi assists for Nigeria

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Two Arsenal players were in action for their countries on Thursday. Here's how they got on:

Ball-winners, creative playmakers, goalscorers and box-to-box midfielders: How did Arsenal’s men...

From ball-winners like Francis Coquelin, to creative playmakers such as Mesut Ozil, to goalscoring midfielders like Aaron Ramsey and industrious box-to-box players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal are blessed with a lot of options in the engine room.

14 of the biggest surprises in Arsenal’s season

2016/17 was certainly an odd season.

Xhaka, Mustafi, Holding, Lucas: Arsenal’s 2016/17 transfers rated

Arsène Wenger spent almost £100m on transfers last summer and with the campaign finally over, it's time to rate his acquisitions.

Arsenal’s 5 best players of the season

After securing an unlikely victory over Chelsea to win this season's FA Cup trophy, it's time to reflect on an eventful year for Arsenal's first-team squad.

Arsenal goal of the season

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After Aaron Ramsey's winning header in the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, I'm finding it difficult not to name that as goal of the season five times.

Xhaka's determination motivated by father's freedom struggle and prison sentence

Granit Xhaka has said that his father's struggle for freedom in Kosovo has spurred him on to be the best player possible.

Arsenal get massive double injury boost ahead of FA Cup final...

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to return to full training this week, as he aims to prove his match fitness and earn a starting berth with the FA Cup Final up against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Granit Xhaka second only to Chelsea man for pass stats this...

Granit Xhaka has completed the second most passes in the Premier League this season.

Tactics: How Ozil and Xhaka were able to destroy Sunderland

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Mesut Özil and Granit Xhaka evidently didn’t read the script that Tuesday night’s home win over Sunderland was to be an end of season dead rubber played at walking pace by both sides.

Xhaka ‘finally starting to look like a £30m player’

According to an article on Goal this past weekend, Granit Xhaka is finally starting to look like the player that Arsenal signed for £30m last summer.

Arsenal and Manchester United men rated Euro top 10 while Chelsea...

Since he arrived at Arsenal, Granit Xhaka has received nothing but criticism from large sections of the media no matter what he does.

Wenger: Today you can say he is a success

Arsene Wenger has called Granit Xhaka a ‘success’ after adapting to the Premier League, life in a new country against a media backdrop that has given him zero room for error.

Injury League: Arsenal defender doubt & star returns ahead of Southampton

Injury League
Arsenal remain fifth in the Injury League table, with Southampton, who they face in the league on Wednesday night, just below them in sixth.

Southampton v Arsenal: Another must-win match for the Gunners

Jeff Reine-Adelaide
After a morale-boosting win over Manchester United on Sunday, it's important for Arsenal to continue winning.

Granit Xhaka’s disciplinary record: The truth v the narrative

Granit Xhaka arrived in the Premier League this season with a reputation for getting himself into trouble with the ref on a regular basis.

Are the media and pundits being too harsh on Granit Xhaka?

Granit Xhaka arrived in the Premier League this season with a reputation for getting himself into trouble with the ref on a regular basis. There’s...

Arsenal midfielder: If it happens again, it happens again

Granit Xhaka has defended himself after a topsy-turvy first season in the Premier League.

Good news, bad news for Arsenal ahead of Southampton game

Arsene Wenger met with the press ahead of Arsenal's game at Southampton on Wednesday night.

How Wenger's tactics outdid Manchester United to leave Mourinho still winless...

Arsenal tactics
Arsenal’s midfield outshone their United counterparts and provided the perfect platform for Sunday's 2-0 win, which leaves Jose Mourinho still searching for his first league win at the Emirates and first win in any competition against a current Top 6 side since November 2014.

Graeme Souness demonstrates anti-Granit Xhaka agenda perfectly

Graeme Souness recently demonstrated the media's bias towards Granit Xhaka perfectly.

Midfield masterclass helps Wenger beat Mourinho again

Arsenal’s midfield outshone their United counterparts and provided the perfect platform for Sunday's 2-0 win, which leaves Jose Mourinho still searching for his first...

Arsenal player focus: Xhaka makes pundits looks foolish against Manchester United

Once again, Granit Xhaka was one of Arsenal's best performers against Manchester United and scored a vital goal during our 2-0 win.

Arsenal get defender boost but midfielder blow ahead of Manchester United

Arsene Wenger delivered the latest team news on Thursday morning ahead of Arsenal's clash against Manchester United and, as usual with the Football Gods, they giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other.

Granit Xhaka doubtful for Arsenal v Manchester United: Pre-match team news

Arsenal team news
Arsene Wenger met with the press ahead of Arsenal's game against Manchester United on Sunday.

Tactics: How Arsenal used Middlesbrough as their Manchester City testing ground

Arsenal tactics
There are two schools of thought regarding Arsenal’s formation switch ahead of Monday night’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Alexis makes kid scream, Xhaka man hug & more: Football’s top...

Alexis Sanchez, a random fan, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, and more all feature in this week's top 10 pictures from the recent set of matches.

This Arsenal star must start: Middlesbrough v Arsenal preview

Calum Chambers
After a forgettable 3-0 away defeat against Crystal Palace last Monday, Arsenal will be looking to atone for their errors in another away fixture - against Steve Agnew's inconsistent Middlesbrough side.

What’s hot, what’s not: Xhaka, Elneny, Ozil, Tottenham & more

It was a much better week for Arsenal this week than over recent times. So let's take a look at what's hot and what's not in the world of Arsenal...

Ozil, Xhaka and Wengerball: Lessons from Arsenal's win over West Ham

Arsenal took home all three points against West Ham, ending a run of games in which they played like a bunch of idiots.

Player focus: Xhaka shows why Arsenal bought him against West...

Granit Xhaka was once again Arsenal's stand-out passmaster against West Ham on Wednesday night.

Long read: Arsenal's Manchester City salvage job doesn't dispel dissent

The best that can be said about the weekend's game is that it stopped the losing run.

Why Arsenal need to get their act together and make an...

Whatever is going on behind the scenes, Arsenal need to announce the outcome as an ever increasing matter of urgency, because until then the fans,...

Arsenal player focus - Xhaka & Coquelin a total shambles against...

Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka in midfield just doesn't seem to be working.

Bayern Munich eye up second Arsenal star

Alexis Sanchez
We already know that Granit Xhaka is on Bayern Munich’s wishlist but now it seems they’d quite fancy Alexis Sanchez as well.

Raging Alexis, shaggy Bellerin & more: Top 10 pictures, International edition

David Ospina
A look at the best 10 pictures from the world of international football over the past week.

Ozil’s future, Xhaka’s fear, & Barcelona star’s agent: Arsenal’s week in...

A look at some of the main Arsenal quotes from this week.

Granit Xhaka on racist allegations, Wenger, pundits, red cards + more

Granit Xhaka has been a chatty boy while away with the Switzerland national team, giving a number of revealing interviews on his racist allegations, Arsene Wenger, pundits and his red cards.

Manchester United and Tottenham stars with more cards than Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud
Given Granit Xhaka's reputation for being a dirty player, it may surprise opposition fans to learn that Manchester United's Paul Pogba and Spurs' Dele Alli have actually picked up more yellow cards this season.

Xhaka: Expectations at Arsenal are gigantic & Wenger could have kicked...

Granit Xhaka
While away with the Switzerland national team, Granit Xhaka has spoken about what the expectations are like at Arsenal and revealed that he feared Arsene Wenger could have kicked him out of the team after his second red.

Xhaka: I’m convinced Wenger will do this & why Arsenal have...

Granit Xhaka is convinced that Arsene Wenger will remain at Arsenal although he says he has no information on the situation.

Granit Xhaka: Compare my fouls to Manchester United star's elbow

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka has been speaking to the press while away on international duty with Switzerland this week and admitted he's not happy with how Premier League referees have been treating him.

Granit Xhaka: This is what happened at Heathrow with racist allegation

Granit Xhaka has given an interview with Der Bund and has explained what happened when he was questioned by police for an alleged racist comment.

Granit Xhaka: This is what annoys me about my critics

Granit Xhaka has said that the criticism he receives in England doesn’t bother him at all before highlighting a little bit that does.

Granit Xhaka responds to Bayern Munich rumours

Granit Xhaka believes that Arsenal are not too far away from Bayern Munich despite losing 10-2 to them this season in the Champions League and he's heard nothing from them about their rumoured interest.

Arsenal pundit: I'd sell 5 or 6 from Arsenal, including Xhaka

Granit Xhaka
Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsenal should sell David Ospina, Francis Coqouelin AND Granit Xhaka this summer.

Arsenal fans can't let Granit Xhaka referee persecution go

Although no Arsenal player was exactly fantastic against West Brom, Granit Xhaka wasn't as horrendous as some.

Tactics: What Arsenal changed that made them worse

Alex Iwobi, Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin
As ball after ball fell in the centre of midfield, I watched helplessly as the likes of Lallana, Can, and even Firmino seized them for Liverpool. Where were Arsenal's ball winners?

Arsenal player focus - Xhaka's card still marked by officials

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka picked up his eighth yellow card of the season against Lincoln.

Granit Xhaka ‘on radar’ of Bayern Munich says former Bayern &...

Ottmar Hitzfeld believes that Bayern Munich are watching Granit Xhaka and that the midfielder is a 'topic' of conversation for top clubs.

How this Arsenal midfielder hid Arsenal's problems for years

Santi Cazorla
How Santi Cazorla masked Arsenal's problems for years

Xhaka isn't dirty, he's hard says former Swiss midfielder

Former Switzerland midfielder, Mario Cantaluppi, reckons that Granit Xhaka isn't a dirty player, he's just hard.

Top 5 Arsenal Valetine's Day partnerships

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Santi Cazorla (L) of Arsenal laughs with Lucas Perez (R) during an Arsenal training session ahead of the Champions League Group A match between Arsenal and Basel at London Colney on September 27, 2016 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Love is in the air at London Colney but which Arsenal players are forming great partnerships?

Bayern Munich suffer another injury blow as Arsenal player gets boost

Xabi Alonso
Bayern Munich look like they could well be without Xabi Alonso after the midfielder picked up a knee injury in training on Monday.

Watch – Arsenal stars schooled by 17yo female freestyler

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin got totally schooled by a 17-year-old female freestyler as part of a nutmeg challenge in partnership with Citroën.

5 things Arsenal learned after their Watford shambles

Another game, another bizarre, soul-destroying performance from Arsenal at the Emirates.

Why Granit Xhaka is not angry - he's scared

There have been approximately 1.5 million articles written about Granit Xhaka in the last 96 hours (that number is courtesy of The White House) and this is one more to go on the pile that is adding up almost as quickly as there are reasons to loathe Piers Morgan.

Former Tottenham boss - Wenger's a maniac and this Arsenal star...

Granit Xhaka
Former Spurs boss, Harry Redknapp, has leveled some pretty harsh criticism at Arsene Wenger and Granit Xhaka following both of their performances during the Burnley match last weekend.

Wenger urges Arsenal star to learn from 'clumsy' mistake

Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud
Arsene Wenger spoke more about Granit Xhaka's red card against Burnley ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup clash against Southampton.

Why Arsenal fans should lighten up over Alexis Sanchez banner

Arsenal's dramatic win at home to Burnley on Sunday was underscored by huge controversy.

Is Granit Xhaka’s ‘temper’ really a problem for Arsenal?

On Sunday, Granit Xhaka picked up his second red card of the season against Burnley.

Granit Xhaka questioned, released without charge

Granit Xhaka was questioned by police over an alleged incident at Heathrow on Monday evening but was released without charge.

Arsenal podcast #80: Who referees the refs?

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
In this latest edition of the Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast, Matthew and Anita review the Burnley game and ponder Xhaka's penchant for a two-footed lunge.

Long read: Did Anthony Taylor break the rules when Wenger was...

Did Arsenal show their fabled 'mental strength' for real this weekend?

Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United men top long ball table

Tottenham dominate the top ten of players who play the longest balls with Liverpool the second-most represented team.

Granit Xhaka's red cards and suspensions - how many really?

fact check
Immediately after Granit Xhaka’s red card against Burnley, which will see him serve a 4-game ban, a host of stats started flying round about how many games and red cards he’s had over the past two or three seasons.

5 things we learned as Arsenal gave us heart attacks against...

Granit Xhaka
Arsenal managed to beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates on Sunday but it was far from a straight forward win.

Granit Xhaka 'disappointed' with red card

Granit Xhaka has taken to social media to admit he was 'disappointed' with the red card he picked up against Burnley.

What games will Granit Xhaka miss?

Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud
Granit Xhaka will now serve a four-game ban after his second straight red of the season, so what games will he miss?

Wenger – Xhaka’s was a red but so was the one...

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Arsene Wenger told reporters after the game that Burnley's Ashley Barnes should have been sent off for kicking Laurent Koscielny’s face.

Moss sticks it to Granit but Arsenal avoid slip

Arsenal beat Burnley despite being reduced to 10 men, but that was only half the story...

Up or down? Xhaka knows what will determine Arsenal's future

Granit Xhaka believes that Alexis Sanchez can be a 'good role' model for younger players while warning against complacency against Burnley on Sunday.

Long read: Why Xhaka-Ramsey is key to Arsenal’s success

There were two main takeaways for Arsenal to mull upon after a comfortable 4-0 win at hapless Swansea last weekend.

Arsenal podcast #79: Swansea City, Xhaka/Ramsey pairing + latest transfer news.

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
In this latest edition of the Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast, Matthew is joined by Anita to discuss the win at Swansea and the burgeoning...

Sanchez strop can't mask a good weekend for Arsenal

An Alexis Sanchez strop can't mask a good weekend for Arsenal.

What is a Lucas? Why is Perez not starting for Arsenal?

Having scored six goals and created four assists for Arsenal this term, plenty of questions are being raised about why Lucas Perez has yet to be rewarded with an extended run-in the first-team.

Watch: Three Arsenal stars take on 'Football Darts'

Petr Cech
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Petr Cech and Granit Xhaka all took on Cooper Tire Europe’s Football Darts challenge.

Arsenal podcast #78: Bournemouth, Hull, Xhaka/Ramsey pairing + welcome back Welbeck.

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
In this latest edition of the Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast, Matthew is joined by Anita to discuss the performances at Bournemouth and Hull, and...

Granit Xhaka – I am that kind of player

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka arrived here with a red card rep so strong that Jon Moss even invented a new rule just to send him off, but he has no plans to change anytime soon.

Granit Xhaka – I hear the Arsenal fans telling me to...

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka has told Four Four Two that he hears the Arsenal fans calling for him to shoot every time he gets the ball.

5 things Arsenal learned v Bournemouth

What did Arsenal learn from their rather embarrassing loss way to Bournemouth?

West Ham chase Xhaka - report

Taulant and Granit Xhaka
West Ham are reportedly chasing Granit Xhaka's older brother, Taulant.

Arsenal player of the month – December 2016

Arsenal player of the month
December was not a great month but it’s easy to forget the big wins we had at the start of the month, overshadowed by the performances and results than came in the latter half.

Best Arsenal signing 2016

Granit Xhaka
Arsenal made five signings in 2016 but which was the best?

5 best Arsenal moments of 2016

Olivier Giroud scores v Sunderland
With 2016 coming to an end, we look back at some of the highlights from the year.

How Granit Xhaka can lead Arsenal forward

Helen Trantum column
Who sets the tempo of Arsenal’s play?

Look: Xhaka v Xhaka on FIFA

Taulant Xhaka and Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka shared a picture of himself and brother, Taulant, playing FIFA this week.

Arsenal new boy looks forward to next big step

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka recently looked back over 2016, starting at Borussia Mönchengladbach and ending with Arsenal.

Watch: Arsenal new boy returns to new club, gets unreal reception

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka returned to his former club, Borussia Monchengladbach, this week in order to properly say goodbye.

Arsenal podcast #75: Everton and Manchester City, Ozil and Xhaka +...

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
In this latest edition of the Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast, Matthew is joined by Paul and Helen to dissect a dispiriting week, discuss Ozil...

Long read: Why Arsenal deprived fans of pre-Christmas cheer

'Tis the season to be...fed up? As the nights draw in ever earlier and the days get ever grey-er, Arsenal's title challenge has wilted badly...

Look: Arsenal new boy pumped for Manchester City

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka says even the 'dence fog' over Manchester yesterday (Saturday) wasn't enough to put him off preparing for the big match on Sunday.

Granit Xhaka still passmaster v Everton despite Arsenal loss

Granit Xhaka
Despite Arsenal losing against Everton 2-1 on Tuesday night, Granit Xhaka was still the passmaster, completing the most passes out of anyone on the pitch.

Arsenal stars celebrate 'fantastic comeback' v Stoke

Granit Xhaka
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Granit Xhaka both took to social media following Arsenal's 3-1 win over Stoke on Saturday.

Granit Xhaka completes more passes than any other player v Stoke

Granit Xhaka
It may not surprise you to learn that Granit Xhaka completed the most passes out of any other player on the pitch during Arsenal v Stoke.

Watch: Was referee right to give this penalty to Stoke against...

Granit Xhaka
In the 29th minute Stoke got awarded a penalty by referee, Lee Mason, but should it have been given?

Arsenal tactics: Xhaka, Ramsey and the return of Wengerball

Arsenal tactics
The enduring memory of Tuesday night’s triumphant trip to Basel will be the scintillatingly slick move for Lucas Perez’s second goal but it should also be of the Xhaka-Ramsey partnership

Player focus: Granit rock solid against Basel as Mirror embarrass themselves...

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Granit Xhaka started for Arsenal against Basel, facing not only his former side but his brother also and quietly put in another excellent display despite what the Mirror want to believe.

Lucas, Xhaka, BTSport and more things we learned about Arsenal against...

A comfortable 4-1 victory over Basel means Arsenal beat PSG to the top of our Champions League group table but what else did we learn?

Arsenal star makes Team of the Week by impressive new boy...

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez has been included in Garth Crook's BBC Team of the Week but there was no space for Granit Xhaka in the midfield.

Granit Xhaka’s personal highlights v Bournemouth as midfielder impresses

Granit Xhaka v Bournemouth
Granit Xhaka finished Sunday's game with some impressive stats.

Granit Xhaka did these four things more than any other player...

Granit Xhaka v Bournemouth
Granit Xhaka finally got a start for Arsenal and he used it to run, pass, tackle, and recover the ball more than any other player.

Granit Xhaka to start – Arsenal predicted XI v Bournemouth

Arsenal predicted lineup
This is it, this is going to be the weekend when Granit Xhaka finally gets a start for Arsenal.

Is this the reason Arsene Wenger isn't starting Granit Xhaka?

Granit Xhaka v PSG
Xhaka was heralded as the saviour of a central midfield that seemed to be our biggest weakness, so why isn't he starting games?

Wenger hints that Arsenal midfielder isn't fully fit

Granit Xhaka
Arsene Wenger has suggested that the reason Granit Xhaka isn't getting more game time is because he's not quite fit enough.

Why playing Granit Xhaka can solve 2 Arsenal problems in 1

In the last two games, Arsenal have shown that they have the strongest squad in the Premier League, and that they have two distinct formulas available to them that they can use can get results in almost any circumstance but Granit Xhaka is the key

Tactics: How Wenger is working up to a Ramsey-Xhaka midfield

Arsenal tactics
Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka could be a formidable midfield pairing for Arsenal, here's why

Wenger explains why Xhaka and Iwobi didn't start at Manchester United

Arsene Wenger explained his team selection after his side’s draw with Manchester United, stating that he picked his team based on ‘experience and fight’.

Stunning tricks, first goals, superb passes + more – Arsenal international...

Arsenal international duty
With the international break in full swing, we take a look at the first-team players (including those out on-loan) who were called up to their respective countries in recent days.

Arsenal midfielder reveals massive weight on shoulders

Granit Xhaka has been pictured with quite literally a massive weight on his shoulders.

Former Tottenham man - This Spurs player is 'far better' than...

Granit Xhaka
Former Spurs midfielder, Jermaine Jenas, had some tough words for Arsenal in his column following our 1-1 draw against our north London rivals.

Arsenal on international duty – who’s playing, where and when

Arsenal international duty
We're now into the third international break of a season that isn't even three months old, so who will be going where and for what?

How did Clattenberg not give Arsenal a penalty for this against...

Mark Clattenberg Arsenal v Tottenham
Yes, yes, I know, I’m only whinging about the referee because we didn’t win.

Watch – Arsenal nutmegs v Tottenham

Arsenal skills
We may not have got the result that we wanted – nor the performance, but a couple of Arsenal players demonstrated some skills to show us they haven’t totally forgotten how to football now it's November.

Manager 'I hope it will be a lesson for Xhaka'

Switzerland's national team's manager, Vladimir Petkovic, has spoken about Granit Xhaka's recent red card for Arsenal, revealing that he hopes the midfielder learns from it

The truth about Granit Xhaka’s red card record ahead of Tottenham...

Granit Xhaka
Sunday will give Granit Xhaka the first taste of a north London derby and we have to ask – will he be able to keep himself on the pitch for 90 minutes?

Arsenal podcast #66: Xhaka ban, Boro drought + Reading preview

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
Matthew is joined on our Arsenal podcast this week by Helen and Anita to discuss Xhaka's ban, the Ludogorets goal-fest, the opposite vs Middlesbrough and look forward to the League Cup

The Ludogorets decision that cost Arsenal against Middlesbrough

Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin
When you win and score six, it's easy to think that everything is rosy and that decisions which were questioned before kickoff didn't, ultimately matter.

Why Arsenal missed these two players against Middlesbrough

Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin completed the most passes during Arsenal's 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough but, even so, the Gunners missed Santi Cazorla and Granit Xhaka massively.

3 match ban for Xhaka as referee Moss demoted to League...

Jon Moss, who sent Granit Xhaka off for what the footballing universe generally agrees was a yellow card offence, has been demoted to League One this weekend, a common way of PGMOL punishing a ref for a mistake without admitting any liability.

Wenger – Xhaka’s history isn’t Arsenal’s responsibility

Arsene Wenger once again spoke about Granit Xhaka's red card that he was given against Swansea at the weekend, pointing out that Arsenal are not responsible for what happened before he arrived.

Episode 65: Walcott's poaching, Xhaka's red + Arsenal's new superstar

Daily Cannon Arsenal podcast
Matthew and Sylvain celebrate Theo's poaching instincts, try to get their heads round Xhaka's red card and celebrate Arsenal Ladies' new superstar signing. Enjoy in...

Long read: Swansea show Arsenal’s strengths and frailties

South Wales' finest once again gave Arsenal a scare in our own back yard.

Arsenal forward backs referee against own teammate after controversial red card

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain claims that the straight red card that Jonathan Moss produced for Granit Xhaka on Saturday was absolutely correct.

Chambers starts for Middlesbrough as referee makes mockery of Xhaka red...

Calum Chambers started for Middlesbrough as they lost to Watford on Sunday afternoon but the big talking point was the way the referee handled a situation that was quite similar to the one which saw Jon Moss send Granit Xhaka off against Swansea.

How referee got the new rules mixed up to send Granit...

The majority of people who have seen Granit Xhaka’s red card against Swansea agree that it should have been a yellow, so did Jon Moss get his rules mixed up?

Wenger confirms referee's poor decision against Swansea will not be challenged

In his post-match press conference, Arsène Wenger confirmed that Arsenal will not appeal Granit Xhaka's contentious sending off, and he will speak to the player.

Should Granit Xhaka really have been sent off against Swansea?

Granit Xhaka
Was Jon Moss right to send off Granit Xhaka?

Watch: Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka scare unsuspecting children

Back in 2015, Petr Cech, Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin, Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy all sneaked up on unsuspecting young Arsenal fans in the new kit as a 'surprise'... well we've been at it again.

Granit Xhaka compares 'much harder' Premier League to Bundesliga

Even though he's only made six Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far, Granit Xhaka is already adamant that English football is physically harder than the Bundesliga.

Look: Arsenal midfielder travels 'home' ahead of Swansea clash

My icy Gooner heart is already feeling about 76x bigger now that Granit Xhaka has referred to Arsenal as his 'home'... it doesn't take much.

Watch: Arsenal new boy takes inspiration from ex-Manchester City midfielder

Granit Xhaka's full Twitter Takeover video in which the midfielder reveals which former Gunner he looks up to is up on Arsenal's official YouTube channel.

24-year-old Arsenal man handed captain's armband

Granit Xhaka captained Switzerland for the first time during his country's 2-1 win over Andorra on Monday night.

Arsenal new boy proud of nickname

Granit Xhaka won Arsenal's Goal of the Month for his long-range net-rattler against Hull and he claims he's proud of the nickname he's earned as a result.

Look: Arsenal midfielder all smiles, poses alongside former target

It's that guy again, Ricardo Rodriguez, creeping into Granit Xhaka's social media pictures.

Three Arsenal men up for awards - here's how to vote

Theo Walcott, Arsene Wenger and Granit Xhaka are all up for awards for September.

Arsenal new boy gushes about Gunners, fans and London

New boy, Granit Xhaka, has been speaking to Sky Sports about his time at Arsenal so far.

Xhaka reacts to playing against his brother and former side

Taulant Xhaka and Granit Xhaka
Playing against your brother is just like waiting for a bus - nothing for ages and then two in the space of a few months.

In focus: Xhaka’s pass map, stats, best photos + highlights v...

Taulant Xhaka and Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka got a start against Basel in the Champions League in light of Francis Coquelin's injury and the Swiss set about impressing against his old side.

Tactics: Why it's taken so long to integrate Granit Xhaka at...

Arsenal tactics
In the first of his regular post-match tactics pieces, Amrit Rae explains why it's taken so long to integrate Granit Xhaka at Arsenal

Xhaka reveals his "childhood dream" ahead of Arsenal v Basel

Taulant and Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka's older brother, Taulant, says that facing Arsenal with Basel will be a childhood dream come true.

What does Arsene Wenger do with Aaron Ramsey when he's fit?

Arsenal's 3-0 battering of Chelsea at the weekend was as welcome as it was overdue. However, the nature of it has presented Arsène Wenger with a minor conundrum. Namely, just where will Aaron Ramsey fit in when he returns from injury?

New Arsenal signings + Mesut Ozil pose for celebratory selfie after...

Mesut Ozil has already taken to Twitter to share a selfie of himself, Granit Xhaka, Lucas and Shkodran Mustafi in the dressing room at the Emirates, celebrating a brilliant win over Chelsea.

Mesut Ozil gives his verdict on Mustafi and Xhaka

Mesut Ozil has been speaking to the Arsenal programme ahead of the Chelsea game, and praised two of the new boys, Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka.

Watch: Mesut Ozil terrible at shooting challenge

Santi Cazorla casually stormed Copa90's five shot challenge, while Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka... well, you'll see.

Watch: Arsenal new boy attempts iconic goal - does he succeed?

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Granit Xhaka had a go at recreating Dejan Stankovic's Champions League goal for Inter Milan.

Why Granit Xhaka would make Chelsea think twice about sitting back

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It is a thankless task writing about football, or any sport come to that.

Watch: Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Granit Xhaka v Nottingham Forest

Jeff Reine-Adelaide was handed a start in Arsenal’s League Cup side as they thrashed Nottingham Forest 4-0 on Tuesday night while Granit Xhaka delivered another thunderba**ard for the second game in a row.

Uncoachable Xhaka, indifferent Lucas and more things we learned from Arsenal’s...

Arsenal spanked four past Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, the first time they’d scored four in back-to-back games since 2015, so what did we learn?

Watch: All Arsenal’s great goals against Nottingham Forest

Arsenal’s comprehensive win over Nottingham Forest wasn’t on TV in the UK because, you know, morons. Here are all the goals.

With goals: Xhaka goes BOOM, Lucas dazzles as Arsenal beat Nottingham...

Arsenal’s League Cup side of 2016 won comfortably against Arsenal’s League Cup side of 2010 to progress to the next round of the sponsorless cup.

Defender congratulates 'bro' Granit Xhaka on wondergoal

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Shkodran Mustafi congratulated Granit Xhaka on his goal on Saturday against Hull City.

Granit Xhaka: I will remember this goal forever

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka arrived in the Premier League in style on Saturday against Hull as he spanked home a belter after coming on as a second half sub and it's a goal he will never forget

Why is Granit Xhaka not starting for Arsenal?

Since his big-money switch from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, the talented Swiss international has only started two matches this season (Leicester and Watford, both away) - leading to questions as to whether there's a specific reason why he's constantly featuring off the bench.

Xhaka hopes goal will be first of many to ‘please the...

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka is hoping that his thunderbolt against Hull will be the first of many as he looks to ingratiate himself with the Arsenal faithful.

Arsenal midfielder shows it's not only fans who shout SHOOT!

Granit Xhaka
Francis Coquelin said he was "screaming at Granit to shoot" in the seconds leading up to the Swiss midfielder's excellent strike from distance against Mike Phelan's side on Saturday.

Arsenal fans frustrated as Wenger backs midfield duo

Arsenal fans are beginning to fret at the news that Arsene Wenger could stick with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla in midfield against Hull on Saturday.

Wenger admits he prefers Arsenal new boy as box-to-box midfielder

Arsene Wenger admits that he prefers Granit Xhaka as a box-to-box midfielder.

Long read: How Wenger can get the best out of this...

Now that the chaos of the transfer window is behind us, and Arsenal have played a couple of games will all of our new players available for selection, what can we ascertain from both the starting XIs that were picked and how they were deployed tactically?

Thursday Arsenal recap – Secret striker, scouts are out, Granit Xhaka’s...

Did you know Shkodran Mustafi used to be a striker, that Arsenal were supposed to sign Adrien Rabiot or that you can't appeal yellow cards? Then read on.

Arsenal new boy anxious not to repeat mistakes

Granit Xhaka revealed to Arsenal Magazine that at Borussia Mönchengladbach, he put too much pressure on himself and he doesn't want to repeat that now.

Arsenal new boy: I'm so proud to play for this club

During Granit Xhaka's 'Twitter takeover' the midfielder revealed just how proud he is to play for a club like Arsenal.

Arsenal new boy praises 'passionate' draw against PSG

Granit Xhaka has praised Arsenal's passionate draw against PSG on Tuesday night.

Wenger refuses to criticise Xhaka for red card despite journo bait

Arsene Wenger met with the press on Friday morning and they tried to get him to criticise Granit Xhaka after the midfielder was sent off for Switzerland against Portugal.

Granit Xhaka’s father demands apology for his son

Granit Xhaka’s father, Ragip, has demanded an apology for his son after he was called a ‘traitor’ for not opting to play for Switzerland.

Xhaka travels back to London with his girlfriend as Wenger seems...

Granit Xhaka has returned to Arsenal safe in the knowledge that his red card for Switzerland means that instead of heading on international duty next month, he'll be able to have a holiday.

Arsenal Wednesday recap: Xhaka v FIFA – Xhaka wins, Arsenal used...

There wasn’t much going on on Wednesday as we enter the tail end of the interlull but much of what did happen involved Granit Xhaka who seems like he’s going to be a headline-making machine all by himself.

FIFA statement proves Granit Xhaka right after move blocked

FIFA have issued a statement clarifying the situation of players who wanted to play for Kosovo but had represented other nations and it has proven Granit Xhaka right in his assertion that they’ve blocked him from changing.

Granit Xhaka thanks fans for support despite red card

Granit Xhaka thanked fans for their support after Switzerland beat Portugal 2-0 on Tuesday night in a match which saw the Arsenal man pick up another red card.

Watch: Granit Xhaka’s great balls and terrible tackle

Granit Xhaka picked up another red card (two yellows) for his country as Switzerland beat Portugal 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Why Arsenal new boy is a liability Gunners can afford

Granit Xhaka has picked up another red card during Switzerland's 2-0 triumph over Portugal.

Tuesday Arsenal recap – Agent Mesut Ozil, another new striker, Fifa...

The interlull is still in full swing but there's still a few bits of news wafting around here and there.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all overpaid for major signings but...

The CIES Football Observatory have ranked Granit Xhaka’s sale to Arsenal as the fifth best of the summer meaning Arsenal paid a lot more than they should have for him given his current market value.

‘Granit Xhaka is a playboy’

Currently on international duty with Switzerland, some of Granit Xhaka’s teammates were asked to complete the following sentence – ‘Granit is a…’

Arsenal's new €45m man: I understand nothing at all

Granit Xhaka has admitted that he is taking English lessons because he understands ‘nothing at all’ when people talk.

Granit Xhaka admits hanging up on Wenger when he first called

Granit Xhaka has admitted that when Arsene Wenger first phoned him he was worried that it was his friend playing a trick on him and hung up.

Saturday Arsenal recap – Mustafi’s dad, Xhaka wants to learn from...

Saturday was one of the quietest days we've had for a while - I blame the interlull + close of the transfer window.

'I want to learn from Ozil, Cazorla and Alexis' claims new...

Granit Xhaka seems to be a big fan of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez and insists that he can learn from them while at Arsenal.

Arsenal new boys + youngsters set to face PSG in Champions...

The Arsenal squad set to face PSG on the 13th of September has been announced and there are a couple of - sort of - surprises.

Watch: New Arsenal signing makes brilliant start with perfect balls

Granit Xhaka is basically a magician and this video proves it.

'It makes me mad!' says Arsenal's new bumper signing

Since leaving Arsenal on international duty, Granit Xhaka has done a lot of talking to the press.

Xhaka talks pure Arsenal excitement, Wenger, training, urine samples, fat tests...

Granit Xhaka has been speaking to the press in Switzerland while on international duty and has revealed that he hasn’t spoken much to Arsene Wenger since he signed for the club earlier in the summer but seems blown away by everything.

Arsenal new £38m man upsets more people

At this point you have to feel a little sorry for Granit Xhaka, as every time he opens his mouth about his international situation, he seems to annoy someone else.

Tuesday Arsenal recap: New signing in, Wilshere out, Gnabry out, everybody...

You can definitely tell that transfer deadline day is just around the corner.

Episode 58: Discussing Granit Xhaka's Exquisite Balls + new signings and...

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Stephen is joined by Helen and Anita to discuss the weekend win over Watford, Arsenal's imminent new signings, and reflect on a week without any bad news.

Granit Xhaka ‘I will do whatever I can to play for...

Currently on international duty with Switzerland, it seems as if Granit Xhaka has issued a statement saying he will do whatever he can to get to play for Kosovo.

Xhaka's father comes out fighting as Granit's international situation gets messy

Granit Xhaka’s father, Ragip, has hit out at people calling his son a ‘traitor’ for not switching from Switzerland to Kosovo.

Arsenal shorts – Perez lands, Wenger set for deadline day trip...

Here’s a round up of the Arsenal-related bits and pieces that we came across yesterday but didn’t have the time (or people-power) to cover fully.

Arsenal lightweight star out-tackling Granit Xhaka in surprising stats

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One of the main criticisms levelled at Theo Walcott is that he doesn’t work hard enough unless he’s due a new contract, but is he working to change that?

'He reminds me of Arsenal legend' Wenger hails new boy's balls

Arsene Wenger has drawn comparisons between Arsenal new boy, Granit Xhaka, and midfield legend, Emmanuel Petit.

Exclusive Granit Xhaka wallpaper and social media covers

Get your exclusive Granit Xhaka Arsenal wallpaper here

Player ratings: Alexis, Xhaka and Ozil shine during Arsenal’s triumph v...

Alex Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka were absolutely brilliant during Arsenal's first win of the season against Watford.

Player focus: Granit Xhaka shows off his great balls

Granit Xhaka announced himself to the watching world on Saturday when he displayed his vast, precise and incisive range of passing, his ability to read the game, position himself for maximum effect and generally act like the midfielder we've been crying about needing for around 10 years.

Arsenal star can't wait to face Basel man in 'special' Champions...

Granit Xhaka is looking forward to facing his brother, Taulant, when Arsenal face Basel in the Champions League.

'I'm a leader' - Could Arsenal new boy be captain? (video)

Arsene Wenger recently described new boy Granit Xhaka as a leader and now the man himself also claims this.

Player focus: Xhaka first start full of promise as he stars...

The Swiss midfielder got his first start for the Arsenal and did not disappoint.

Granit Xhaka invited to play for Kosovo and they expect him...

Granit Xhaka is one of a number of big name players who have been invited to play for Kosovo after they were finally granted FIFA status in May this year.

Monday Arsenal recap: Liverpool fall-out, Ramsey ruled out, surprising stats +...

Monday was all about the fall-out from Arsenal's 4-3 loss against Liverpool.

Wenger: Xhaka needs more time

Following our 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday, Arsene Wenger admitted that Granit Xhaka needs more time and perhaps he pushed Aaron Ramsey when he shouldn't.

Stat: Arsenal new boy reckless against Liverpool

To Arsenal fans' surprise, Granit Xhaka didn't start against Liverpool but when he came on with 24 minutes left to play, he made his mark on the game.

Thursday Arsenal recap: Mustafi almost done, Mahrez merry-go-round + more

Thursday's headlines were dominated by the news that Shkodran Mustafi's agent confirmed an agreement between his client and Arsenal but other stuff happened to, believe it or not.

Arsenal signing: I can't wait to play with Mesut Ozil

Granit Xhaka recently sang Mesut Ozil's praises, claiming that he can't wait to play alongside him and that the playmaker is the best no.10 in the world.

Watch: New signing excites Arsenal fans during pre-season

Despite only signing for us weeks ago, Granit Xhaka has slotted into the Arsenal team as if he was always meant to be there.

Five reasons for Arsenal fans to be excited about new season...

With all the transfer doom and gloom surrounding Arsenal at the moment, it's easy to lose sight of reasons that we should actually get pretty excited about the new Premier League season starting on Saturday (Sunday for us).

Arsenal's new world class star explains his initiation song

When a video of Granit Xhaka singing his Arsenal initiation song appeared on the internet, it was awful. Here's what it is all about.

Player ratings: Arsenal's young guns fire home as Gunners beat Manchester...

Alex Iwobi what once again fantastic during Arsenal's 3-2 win over Manchester City.

Arsenal turn to Alexis Sanchez to take on striker duties -...

According to someone who was actually at the recent Arsenal training session, Alexis Sanchez is playing as a makeshift striker.

Wenger confirms three key players are fit to play Manchester City

Arsene Wenger has ridden in on his white horse and delivered the news that we've all been waiting for... no, not THAT news, we haven't signed a striker yet, but Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are all fit and set to play against Manchester City.

Arsenal's new signing hails 'fun' teammates

New midfielder, Granit Xhaka, hailed his new Arsenal teammates recently, claiming that they're fun but also serious when they have to be.

Stats: Proof that Arsenal midfielder is one of the best

Granit Xhaka has been named in WhoScored.com's top XI newcomers this summer after signing for Arsenal.

Long read: Chivas victory shows Arsenal what they’ve been missing

Yes. I am one of those weirdo's that stayed up to watch a 3-1 win in a meaningless pre-season friendly that didn't finish until 4am UK time. And it was worth it.

‘Liverpool never contacted me, Arsenal is right for me’ says 23-year-old...

Granit Xhaka has denied ever speaking to Liverpool or Jurgen Klopp about a potential move to Anfield despite wide press coverage claiming he was their ‘number one target.’

Friday Arsenal recap – Wenger confirms hunt for striker, Mustafi and...

On Friday, we beat the MLS All-Stars, Wenger confirmed we'd be signing a new attacking option and we dug into the latest with the Mahrez and Mustafi rumours.

Wenger hails two new signings

Arsene Wenger has hailed his two new signings, Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding, following Arsenal's pre-season win over the MLS All-Stars.

What we learnt: Arsenal vs MLS All-Stars

As Stephen Bradley already wrote this morning, we shouldn't read too much into what was partly an exhibition game for the MLS and partly an exercise in developing match fitness for Arsenal.

Player ratings v MLS All-Stars – Xhaka shines as Wilshere disappoints

It was an okay game with an okay result with Granit Xhaka integrating into the team straight away and others not showing up.

Watch: Xhaka sings his Arsenal initiation song and it’s awful!

As you probably know, it is a tradition at most football clubs that the new boy has to get up on a chair and sing a song in front of his teammates.

Invincible has warning for Xhaka

Jens Lehmann has issued a warning to new signing Granit Xhaka.

Thursday recap: Icardi says no, Higuain twist, Xhaka appears + more

With Arsenal set to face RC Lens on Friday, there was news and gossip a-plenty floating around on Thursday.

Who will get the nod v RC Lens? Arsenal train ahead...

A mixture of Arsenal players, senior and youth, trained ahead of our Friday clash with French club, RC Lens. So, who will get the nod to start?

Look: Arsenal's new signing rocks up at London Colney

Arsene Wenger hailed Granit Xhaka's ability in just about every area of the pitch and, coincidentally, the Switzerland international rocked up at London Colney smiling from ear-to-ear.

Arsenal defender deal done, Bellerin agent mischief + more

With no actual football to talk about, real news is still very hard to come by out there. Over the course of the past 24...

‘It’s Arsenal Football Club, we know we’re going to sign quality...

Francis Coquelin has been the latest to sing the praises of Arsenal new boy, Granit Xhaka, as he reveals it will be the ‘details’ that make the difference next season.

‘It’ll be a joy to help him settle in at Arsenal’

Per Mertesacker can’t wait to help Granit Xhaka fulfil his potential at Arsenal, claiming it will be a ‘joy’ to help him.

What does Arsenal's transfer history teach us?

For many Arsenal fans, the summer transfer window is like an establishing shot from a Clint Eastwood western.

Friday recap: Arsenal midfielder deal confirmed, coach signed, targets missed +...

Well, here we are, another Arsenal-less weekend with nothing much but nonsense to discuss.

‘I joined Arsenal because they’re the best team in the world’...

Granit Xhaka has revealed that he joined Arsenal because ‘they’re the best team in the world’.

Euros highlight Arsenal’s tactical questions

So; the summer's international tournament has concluded, with Portugal playing Greece to France's Portugal. Some reputations have been enhanced and others, particularly managers, have been...

Why Arsenal fans shouldn’t panic about lack of transfers

Everywhere you look, there are Gooners panicking about our 'lack' of transfer activity.

Five reasons why Arsenal transfers fail

With silly season in full swing and the Twitter keyboard warriors in fine voice, there are some key things we need to keep in mind if we're going to get through this summer without attacking each other: transfers do fail and it's not always Arsenal's fault.

Monday recap: Alexis love, Xhaka in London, Lacazette + more

Daily Cannon spent Monday basking in the ambiance of Alexis Sanchez's Copa America win with Chile, as well as sifting through the usual gossip.

Look: Arsenal's new signing visits the Emirates

Granit Xhaka finally had a chance to visit the Emirates as an Arsenal player for the first time on Monday.

Germany's Twitter account makes dig at off English football

Despite both Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil putting in a decent shift during the Euros so far, they also have something else in common: they've both missed penalties.

Weekend recap: Arsenal players paying the penalty + Lukaku and more

Before I start this I’m going to be honest – I couldn’t have cared less about what was going on in the world of...

Granit Xhaka defiant after penalty miss - I'll still step up!

Granit Xhaka has no plans to shirk his penalty taking responsibilities despite missing for his country and costing them a place in the quarter finals in France.

Stoke man defends Granit Xhaka after horror penalty miss

Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri has defended Granit Xhaka after the Arsenal midfielder blasted his penalty wide, costing his country a place in the quarter finals.

Saturday Arsenal recap: One in, one out

Things have, perhaps not unexpectedly been a bit quite over the last few days. With no actual football to talk about and the UK tearing...

Xhaka’s Switzerland knocked out after penalty drama

Granit Xhaka and his Switzerland team-mates have been knocked out of this summer's European Championships, following a nerve-racking defeat on penalties against a well-drilled Poland side in the first knockout fixture of the tournament.

Fact check: Do Arsenal really have a massive transfer kitty?

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How much does Arsene Wenger *really* have to spend?

Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea men among 10 best at Euro 2016

Mesut Ozil and new boy Granit Xhaka have been named in the top ten best performing players at this year's Euros so far.

Old Arsenal favourites re-emerge as the Vardy hokey-cokey continues

So another week of multi-continental international football loveliness has been and gone, with bugger all real news on the Arsenal front.

Arsenal Twitter ‘not impressed’ by Neil Lennon’s Xhaka jibe

Hibernian manager, Neil Lennon, clearly wasn't in his right mind when he claimed that he wasn't impressed by Granit Xhaka on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Sunday recap: Wenger on Vardy, Rooney loves Wilshere + link to...

It was all a bit quiet on the Arsenal-front on Sunday.

Arsenal pass-master impresses again

It was an anticlimax, but France and Switzerland both progress to the final 16 of the Euros.

Midfielder hails Arsenal's 'top quality' new signing

Watford midfielder, Valon Behrami, has sung his Swiss compatriot, Granit Xhaka's praises.

'We were a smaller club than Manchester United'

Granit Xhaka hasn’t played a single minute for Arsenal but Gooners everywhere have already fallen in love with him for a number of reasons.

Wednesday recap: Fixture list, Mkhitaryan, Euros and more

Here's Wednesday's news and gossip from the Goonerverse.

Arsenal new boy puts in another huge performance for his country

Granit Xhaka, once again, put in a superb performance for Switzerland in their 1-1 draw against Romania.

Wenger’s early transfer moves pleasing for fans

It promises to be an exciting summer for Arsenal fans if the first few weeks of the transfer window are anything to go by.

Long read: Arsenal fans freak out as transfer market killed by...

Inevitably, in the absence of the potential Vardy transfer meeting deadlines guessed at by journalists, the vacuum of news has been gleefully filled by anyone with a desire to sell stories. Regardless of whether or not there is a story to sell.

Sunday recap: Cavani? Giroud v Benzema + actual football

With the Euros underway and Arsenal players to focus on, it seems as if the transfer gossip mill is taking a little break. In fact,...

‘He’s top-class, he’ll do Arsenal a lot of good’

One of the most exciting things about this year’s Euros is watching Granit Xhaka knowing that he’s an Arsenal player and Johan Djourou has said he'll fit in just right at Arsenal.

Xhaka’s mum wears shirt supporting both sons as they play each...

Mama Xhaka opted for a shirt that blended both national flags of her sons in a manner reminiscent of half-and-half scarves.

What was all the fuss about Granit Xhaka’s Switzerland performance? See...

Granit Xhaka made his first competitive appearance as an Arsenal player when Switzerland beat Albania 1-0 on Saturday. Watch his impressive performance here.

Saturday recap – England go Spursy, Rodriguez goes to Arsenal?

Everything worth talking about from Saturday.

Player focus: Xhaka – Tenacious, influential and convincing

Granit Xhaka made his 44th international appearnce against Albania in Saturday's Group A encounter - but all of the pre-match analysis surrounded the sibling rivalry between...

Xhaka helps Switzerland make history

Granit Xhaka lined up alongside former Arsenal man Johan Djourou (Senderos was not included) as they defeated his brother’s Albania in the second game of this year’s Euros.

Granit Xhaka in astonishing wage admission

Granit Xhaka, and his brother Taulant have revealed that they still give a whopping 80% of their wages to their parents.

Wednesday recap: Another new midfielder + Mkhitaryan, Mahrez, Vardy, more

Another day, another load of rumours, but this time it seems like we might have something concrete to report.

Xhaka on facing his brother at the Euros

Granit Xhaka is set to face his brother, Taulant, when the Euros kick-off with Switzerland and Albania both in Group A.

Granit Xhaka delivers message Jamie Vardy should pay attention to

According to Granit Xhaka, Arsene Wenger urged him to join Arsenal by telling him it is ‘paradise’ at the club while also delivering a message Jamie Vardy should heed.

Monday recap: Vardy transfer saga drags out

Monday's headlines were mostly full of the news that Jamie Vardy is probably becoming an Arsenal player but we're still not 100% sure.

Xhaka and Vardy and more to follow? Times they are a'...

As someone who writes a weekly column about club football, the early summer months are often a talking point dead zone.

Look: Arsenal new boy poses with rumoured target - again

Granit Xhaka is on his way to France for Euro 2016 with his Swiss team-mates, including Arsenal target, Ricardo Rodriguez.

Look: Picture of Vardy in Arsenal kit emerges

Jamie Vardy's potential transfer to Arsenal is currently the talk of the town, so much so that someone actually took actual time out of their day to photoshop him into our kit.

Watch: Xhaka’s Switzerland highlights v Moldova

Granit Xhaka started and played 70 minutes as the Swiss lost 1-2 against Moldova.

Arsenal's new boy shows his hard side

Granit Xhaka starred in Switzerland's 2-1 win over Moldova and got booked after just 10 minutes in a friendly.

Manchester City announce Ilkay Gundogan, rip off Arsenal

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Manchester City announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan on Thursday but the way in which they chose to do it on social media was a little... familiar.

Watch: Xhaka’s brother scared by ‘monster’

You probably know that Arsenal new boy, Granit Xhaka, has a brother who also plays football. Here he is being spooked by a teammate

Arsenal players at the Euros – who’s in, who’s not

With all 24 squads now confirmed for the Euros, let’s take a look at the Arsenal interest at this summer’s tournament.

Xhaka changes his Arsenal shirt number to 29

Arsenal have revealed that Granit Xhaka will wear the number 29 next season and not 16 as they previously announced.

Look: Arsenal's newest star fuels speculation over Bundesliga left-back

Granit Xhaka is already out there potentially tapping up new players for Arsenal.

Watch: Arsenal new boy makes stunning pass

It's understandable that, until we get to see Granit Xhaka play for Arsenal next season, Gooners everywhere are going to be on #XhakaWatch over the course of Euro 2016.

Granit Xhaka – destroying Arsenal’s pansy reputation

If we successfully convince everyone that we have a destroyer who will take everything they throw at us and return it twice as hard, maybe we won't even need a destroyer after all.

CONFIRMED: Xhaka's shirt number announced, NOT 34

Despite everyone thinking that Granit Xhaka would be getting the number 34 shirt that he wore in Germany, Arsenal have announced that he will take Aaron Ramsey's 16 after the Welshman moved to 8.

Basel get £5m windfall after Xhaka transfer to Arsenal

Swiss side, FC Basel, are set to rake in around £5m (7.6m Swiss Francs) from the transfer of Granit Xhaka to Arsenal.

Arsenal deadwood replaced by Granit

I think we'd all prefer that Arsenal were seen to to be a bit more proactive in the transfer market, but a signing sealed and delivered before the end of May?

Gladbach: Why we sold Xhaka to Arsenal

Borussia Monchengladbach’s director, Max Erbel, has admitted that they couldn’t refuse Arsenal’s offer for Granit Xhaka as it will allow them to purchase 'sensible additions' (plural).

Timeline: How Arsenal took a year to land Granit Xhaka

Arsenal finally announced the signing of their first summer recruit on Wednesday when they made the Granit Xhaka deal official. Here's how it took a year for them to get their man.

Xhaka: Arsenal wanted me last summer, I had to keep my...

Granit Xhaka was officially announced as an Arsenal player on Wednesday and the player has already been giving interviews to the media in his home country about the move.

Granit Xhaka Arsenal contract details

With the Granit Xhaka deal now official, people started wondering who the next signing would be. I didn't. I wanted to know how long we were signing him for, what it was costing the club, and how much he was going to get paid.

Xhaka ‘It’s an honour for me to wear the Arsenal jersey’

Granit Xhaka wasted no time in delivering his own statement about joining Arsenal after the club announced his arrival.

Official: Arsenal sign Granit Xhaka

Although we've known that the 23-year-old is coming to north London for a little while now, Arsenal have finally got their backsides in gear and announced the signing.

Arsenal signing set to be announced

Arsenal are set to announce to signing of Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder, Granit Xhaka, in the next 48 hours.

Will Xhaka provide the Granit that Arsenal needs?

As the dust settles following an ultimately disappointing campaign, compounded by a mediocre Manchester United equaling our FA Cup record, once again, it is look-to-the-future time.

Xhaka’s Arsenal shirt number leaked, plus 3 other shirt number changes

The guy who leaked the photos of Granit Xhaka posing for his official Arsenal photoshoot claims that there will be three shirt changes when the new season starts and that Xhaka will wear the number 34.

Skills: Watch Arsenal’s new boy, Granit Xhaka, in action

So it's just a few steps away from being official - Granit Xhaka is an Arsenal player.

Reliable report: Arsenal agree £30m for Xhaka

The BBC's David Ornstein has confirmed that an agreement between Arsenal and Borussia Monchengladbach for midfielder Granit Xhaka has been met.

Update: Xhaka likes picture of Arsenal shirt with his name on...

Granit Xhaka is either coming to Arsenal or he's having a proper laugh at our expense.

Xhaka flies to London, admits he wants to complete Arsenal move...

Granit Xhaka has reportedly flown to London after he admitted to a Swiss radio station (FM1) on Thursday that he wanted a deal to be completed before the Euros in June.

Will Arsenal fans ever be happy?

One of the first things you learn in life as an adult, is that you can't please everyone at the same time.

Groundhog day for Arsenal fans - Have Gunners ruined chances of...

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Reports are suddenly emerging from Germany that Arsenal have made a bid for Granit Xhaka but it's far, far too little.

Translated: Xhaka interview on Premier League “dream” and Arsenal talks

Currently with Borussia Mönchengladbach during a post-season trip to Switzerland, Granit Xhaka has been speaking candidly about his future.

Latest: Xhaka bid finally confirmed by Borussia Mönchengladbach

Max Eberl has finally confirmed that Borussia Mönchengladbach have received a concrete offer for midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Xhaka gives transfer update as he says 'Gladbach circle is complete'

Arsenal target Granit Xhaka still appears to be edging towards his summer transfer, with the Swiss midfielder's latest quotes being reported by Bild on Wednesday.

Arsenal Xhaka fee would smash Swiss record

If Arsenal land Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach, they would set a new record for the most money paid for a Swiss player.

5 things Arsenal's Xhaka bid proves

After news broke of Arsenal's reported €50m bid for Granit Xhaka earlier this week, much of the focus went towards how he would fit into the team and how other players may or may not be better purchases.

Video: Granit Xhaka highlights - why Arsenal could pay £34m for...

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, so what's he like?

€50m Arsenal target says he wants move sealed before Euro 2016

Arsenal target Granit Xhaka has admitted on Wednesday he is eager to learn where his future lies.

Reliable reports in England and Germany say Arsenal are set to...

After a lot of talk, Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Bundesliga club: We fill fight for Arsenal target

Borussia Monchengladbach sound as if they've accepted defeat and realise that midfielder, Granit Xhaka, will be leaving for better opportunities this summer.

Arsenal submit €43m bid for midfielder - report

Arsenal have reportedly submitted a bid of €43m for Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal close in on Xhaka – report

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder, Granit Xhaka.

Bayern Munich look to ruin Arsenal's summer with transfer bid

Heavily linked with Granit Xhaka, many Arsenal fans are hoping the Swiss arrives this summer to solve our midfield woes.

Gladbach chief confirms Arsenal haven't bid for £34m midfielder

Arsenal are being heavily linked with a move for Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, but officials at the German club have confirmed there's been no movement on a transfer yet.

Arsenal bid for midfielder days after Wenger denial – report

Despite Arsene Wenger denying that Arsenal are interested in Granit Xhaka at this moment in time just days ago, the media are now reporting that we've submitted a £24m bid for the midfielder... a likely story... not.

Wenger denies wanting €43m midfielder

There are rumours both in Germany and England that Granit Xhaka could be on his way to Arsenal but Arsène Wenger isn't giving anything away just yet.

Wenger reveals he has a 'little list' of transfer targets

Wenger sheds light on those Granit Xhaka rumours.

How transfer rumours help Arsenal's ticket sales

How transfer rumours can actually benefit Arsenal.

Wenger meets up with agent as Arsenal bid £34m for midfielder

Despite the promising performances of Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal are still expected to chase a midfield signing this summer. Midfield options Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta...

Sporting director 'amused' by Arsenal's rumoured £37m offer

Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has denied that Arsenal have mad a bid for Granit Xhaka. Rumours earlier this week were sparked by an...

Bundesliga Midfielder jokes: I want number 34 shirt at Arsenal!

Supposed Arsenal target, Granit Xhaka, has made light of the rumours surrounding his move to north London. The Borussia Monchengladbach man joked with German magazine, Tor Fabrik,...

Midfielder's father hints at Arsenal interest

Granit Xhaka's father, Ragip Xhaka, has refused to rule out a move to Arsenal during the January transfer window. The defensive midfielder, who currently plays for Borussia...

Arsenal look to bring in Bundesliga midfielder to bolster squad –...

Arsenal are reportedly looked towards the Bundesliga to sort out our midfield problems. Namely, 23-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka. The Swiss player has already made 22...

Arsenal watching €30m Bundesliga man

For any regular watchers of the Bundesliga, Granit Xhaka has quite the reputation. A very talented playmaker who sits at the base of the Borussia...