Granit Xhaka arrived in the summer of 2016 after four years in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach. At £40m and 23-years-old, Xhaka was considered a solid investment with promising potential to revitalize Arsenal’s midfield.
The Switzerland international has since made 144 appearances for the club, scoring 11 times, and providing 17 assists. Along the way came the slow decline in Arsenal’s Champions League aspirations and the ill-fated captain’s arm band.
There is much frustration these days from the fan base towards North London. While Unai Emery surely has the top spot on that list, Xhaka quickly secured position 1B. With Shkodran Mustafi shifting into a second team role, and giving up the spot as the central figure on the pitch to blame, the situation built up until that explosive exchange against Crystal Palace.
Since that date, October, 27th, Xhaka hasn’t featured in the Arsenal 18. Rumors have swirled that he wants a January exit. That the club want to move him to push past the incident. And of course, there are always a line of linked destinations for situations such as these. So where could Granit land?
A Return to Germany?
The Mirror is reporting that Arsenal are set to offer Xhaka back to Borussia Monchengladbach as part of a deal with sign Denis Zakaria. At 22 and with 27 caps for Switzerland, it would be akin to Arsenal trading in for a newer model. The defensive midfielder has helped Monchengladbach take an early lead atop the Bundesliga table. Both Xhaka and his former club might welcome a reunion to help boost their Champions League and title aspirations this year. Especially if they end up getting him for a lower fee than they sold him to Arsenal for.
A Premier League Switch?
The Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce might make a push for a January move. Bruce is looking for additions to reinforce their midfield and Xhaka might offer the perfect opportunity - whether a full transfer or on loan for the rest of the season. Newcastle are currently in 13th place, but are just two points behind Arsenal, who currently sit sixth. While an unlikely destination for Xhaka, could he be persuaded to stay in the Premier League and the chance to prove his doubters wrong?
A Jump to Italy?
Since the blowup against Newcastle, AC Milan have been the early leaders in where Xhaka might land., with multiple outlets in Italy and Switzerland continuing to interject in the story. This past summer there were links with Inter Milan that never picked up steam, now their rivals appear to be interested. Milan are 14th in Serie A and have a negative five goal difference. Much like Arsenal, AC Milan have been off the Champions League mark for a while now and could use a new injection this January. Former Arsenal executive Ivan Gazidis is now in the same role at AC Milan and could see this as a good deal to take a problem off his old club’s hands.
Now it’s your turn, what do you think happens with Granit Xhaka’s in the January transfer window?
Where will Xhaka play come February?
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