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Name Granit Xhaka
Gender Male
Ethnic Swiss
Job Arsenal FC Footballer
  Swiss Footballer
Desc Can be a frustrating anchor in Arsenal’s midfield with errant passing and reckless tackling. Ideally Arsenal would replace the Swiss international, but with a replacement for Ramsey already required it’s unlikely Xhaka can be afforded to leave


Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Borussia Monchengladbach

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Swiss star Xhaka remains upset at being stripped of the captaincy for swearing at Gunners fans four weeks ago] I have a clear idea how things should proceed as I can’t accept what has happened

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Granit Xhaka proves Gilberto Silva right about Mohamed Elneny and his role in a new-look Arsenal] In the last few years, the situation has been difficult at Arsenal. They have very similar players in midfield, with profiles that resemble each other and not really players of the profile of Patrick Vieira, or even my profile. The only individual who resembled (us), that could have been Mohamed Elneny, but he didn’t play. But they have not really had those types of players to cover the defensive midfield position. Arsenal always plays positively, trying to deploy an attacking game, and it is not easy to find someone to marry the ability to play the forward game and to do the work in the shadows in the defensive phases

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[Granit Xhaka eager to put fall out with Arsenal supporters behind him] These whistles against me, this hatred, that was brand new for me. What happened happened. You cannot undo it. Maybe it was a misunderstanding and both sides overreacted to some extent. That’s done for me, you have to look ahead now, motivate yourself positively in the current situation and don’t get caught up in the negative. As I wrote in my statement back then, as a team, the club and the fans, we should work together hand in hand towards the next game and the challenges ahead with mutual respect and in memory of what makes us love this game

[Hertha Berlin was touted as the most likely next destination for Xhaka] It was really no longer an issue for me. Yes, there was contact and also an offer, but in the end, I decided to stay here in London. After three and a half years I did not cancel everything that I had built up. I am now concentrating on this with all my strength and motivation and hope that we can get back on the pitch soon

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Granit Xhaka says Arsenal’s youngsters have ‘big futures’ after Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock led the way in the Gunners’ latest win] I think we have some very good youngsters and they have big futures. They are already helping us and they keep working hard as well. Of course, we had to win yesterday [to keep our hopes of qualifying for Europe alive].

We didn’t play well last week [at Manchester City] and then we were a little bit unlucky [at Brighton], but yesterday we played very, very compact we were aggressive in a lot of the duels and we deserved the three points. I think we worked very hard, we had a game plan and Mikel [Arteta] did very good preparation for us. But sometimes you need luck, sometimes it is not your day but yesterday we started again with another three points and we want to keep going. We are happy to take the first three points since the lockdown and we hope to continue like this.