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Footballing news for Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

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can confirm he looks good in red and white
can confirm he looks good in red and white
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Apologies for the lateness! The reason for the delay is because I was writing and freaking out about our top story this morning:

Granit Xhaka wants Arsenal transfer decided before Euro 2016 - The Short Fuse
As I've said elsewhere, it's not quite the "it's happening" gif time, but I'm definitely in the "breathing into a bag" gif portion of this transfer. For complete coverage of the Xhaka transfer stories, check out or storystream which goes back to March.

Who is Granit Xhaka? Arsenal target profiled as chase for £30million-rated Swiss star intensifies - Mirror Online
The Swiss international has grown in stature in four years with Borussia Monchengladbach and looks set for a mega-money move this summer

Profile of reported Arsenal target Granit Xhaka | Football News | Sky Sports
Are Arsenal looking to improve their midfield options with the addition of Switzerland's "young Bastian Schweinsteiger"?

Welbeck has surgery, out nine months - The Short Fuse
I'm not crying. You're crying.

West Ham to issue life bans for Manchester United bus attackers - BBC Sport
West Ham will issue life bans to any fans found responsible for attacking the Manchester United team bus before Tuesday's game.

Eamonn Holmes sorry for comparing West Ham bus attack to Hillsborough | Media | The Guardian
Honestly, I don't even know what to say about this turdwaffle, especially when the inquest verdict is still so fresh.

Gianluigi Buffon: Juventus GK signs extension through 2018
The Italian icon will remain in the net for Juventus until he is at least 40 years old. That's... old.

Manchester United's loss continues their cycle of failure -
Delicious, delicious schadenfreude.

Juventus title a huge wakeup call for other Serie A clubs | Unusual Efforts
Napoli, Roma, Inter and Milan all failed to take advantage of Juve's poor start. But other Serie A clubs are setting an example these teams should follow.

Power, tradition and transformation in this Bundesliga season | Unusual Efforts
Bayern Munich seem unstoppable. Dortmund are back. But what of the other clubs in the Bundesliga? Can they change German football?

Despite suspension, Columbus Crew SC's Kei Kamara doesn't regret comments |
Let me get this straight - Columbus draws a penalty. Kei Kamara has 2 goals and is aiming for his first career hat trick. Federico Higuain (Gonzalo's brother) takes the ball from him and takes the PK. Kamara gets pissed and calls out Higuain for being selfish and not a team player. Kamara gets suspended. It's not like Kamara even has a bad record of scoring penalties. This is pretty crappy, tbh.

Union Berlin open door for Bobby Wood Bundesliga transfer - ESPN FC
Union Berlin will not stop Bobby Wood from leaving the second-tier Bundesliga club should he request a transfer.

And finally, a little Xhaka to whet your appetite:

Granit Xhaka from Sultan 10 on Vimeo.