As speculation continues about Granit Xhaka’s exit from Arsenal, the midfield maestro has come out to dismiss rumours about his wife influencing his decision.
- Granit Xhaka clarifies that his potential Arsenal exit is not influenced by his wife’s wish to relocate.
- Xhaka’s Arsenal contract is set to expire next summer, increasing uncertainty about his future at the club.
- Bundesliga clubs express interest in Xhaka, with a potential move to Bayer Leverkusen said to be agreed.
Granit Xhaka, the Swiss midfield engine for Arsenal, has been making the news recently for his on-field performances, and for rumours regarding his possible departure from the North London club.
Amidst these rumours, a story has been floating around about Xhaka’s wife, Leonita Lekaj’s, desire to leave London, allegedly influencing his decision.
However, Xhaka silenced these rumours following Arsenal’s season-ender against Wolves.
While interacting with fans after the game, Xhaka addressed the whispers about his future by stating, ‘It’s not about the missus.’
The future of Xhaka at Arsenal remains ambiguous, although he is expected to leave despite fans singing that they wanted him to stay.
With his contract ending next summer, Arsenal need to make a move this year if they are to recoup any transfer fee for him and they are expected to receive around £13m.
It is believed that Mikel Arteta does not oppose Xhaka’s decision to leave. This understanding comes amidst Arsenal’s ongoing pursuit of potential summer midfield signings, which could limit Xhaka’s playing time next season if he chooses to remain at the Emirates.
Despite his tumultuous journey, Xhaka’s contribution to Arsenal, especially during their impressive run to finish second in the Premier League this season, cannot be overlooked.
His potential departure would indeed be a significant loss for the Gunners, marking the end of an era of committed service by the Swiss international.
Mikel Arteta on Granit Xhaka
After Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Wolves, Mikel Arteta was asked by reporters about Granit Xhaka’s future. He didn’t give much away, saying ‘that’s news to me’ when asked about it being Xhaka’s last game before a smile revealed a little more.
“One year back I told him there is a question mark on you,” said Arteta.
“You have to deliver more, you have to be better. He went back and trained the next day, then came back in pre-season four kilos lighter, fit and in his face you could see he was determined to do it.
“He’s been exceptional,” Arteta continued.
“A key part of the success of the team and I’m so happy that everybody is appreciating what he’s done.
“He’s had an exceptional season.”