Granit Xhaka has spoken to German press about his first season at Arsenal, the rumours of Alexis Sanchez joining Bayern Munich and his prediction on Mesut Ozil’s future.

  • Xhaka is pleased with his first season with Arsenal has gone
  • He hopes that Alexis doesn’t leave Arsenal
  • He thinks Ozil will stay

Speaking with German publication SportBlid, Xhaka reflected on the season just gone.

“I had the second most games in the squad, I couldn’t expect more personally,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we have missed our goal of coming in the top four, although we have made four points more than last season when Arsenal finished second.”

“But I think we can be satisfied with the last third of the season, and winning the FA Cup has given us and our fans a bit more.”

The Swiss midfielder received plenty of criticism last season for his perceived lack of discipline and poor defensive skills. However, he grew as the season went on and played an important part in an impressive run of form that culminated in the FA Cup win.

Xhaka was, of course, drawn into commenting on the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. When asked about the prospect of the former joining Bayern Munich, he said:

“I hope not, of course. He has qualities on the pitch which are incomprehensible. He has made many goals, and is also enormously important outside.”

“Alexis can play with every world team – just like Mesut Ozil. I have been able to play with many great players, but these two stick out.”

SportBlid then wanted to know if he thought Ozil would stay at Arsenal this summer.

“I think so. I owe him a lot, he helped me a lot at first.”

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