A selection of Arsenal fans have reacted to the speculation that midfielder Granit Xhaka could favour a return to the Bundesliga.
The 28-year-old has been the Gunners’ most consistent midfielder this term, but he has had disciplinary issues and recently gifted Burnley with a goal in a 1-1 draw.
Xhaka’s current deal with the north London side expires in June 2023, and Sky Germany reports that he is aiming for a return to the Bundesliga.
Hertha Berlin were eager to land his signature in January last year, and it is claimed that they could be a possible destination for the Swiss.
The midfielder has won over a section of the club’s faithful with his displays this term, but some believe that the club should still cash in on his services.
Here are a few reactions on Twitter.
Would it be a good business from Arsenal point of view? I think YES! Granit Xhaka has been a good servant, so if he wishes to leave this summer, that would be awesome. We can try to get Ødegaard with us next summer, sign either Aouar, Bissouma/Fekir we already have Smith Rowe.
— I AM MAGIXX – The Next Big Thing ♥️ (@Call_Me_Daniels) March 30, 2021
He's having a good season, my problem with xhaka is consistency, if a good offer comes we should consider it. We can do better in that position.
— Andrewʷ🎶 (@ColombianGonner) March 30, 2021
But his performance this time around is superb
— Ezeoha Chukwuebk Augustine (@chukwuebk) March 30, 2021
I don't know how popular this opinion is but this will be the start of us returning to the top. It needs to happen. That guy has held us back for years.
— Holocene (@DiedreVsdice) March 30, 2021
He’s had a decent season but let’s be realistic as arsenal fans, for his role we need a lot better
— hgarrad🦋 (@HolUPwaitA) March 30, 2021
Xhaka has divided opinion among the Gunners fans over the years, but he remains a vital player under manager Mikel Arteta.
He was keen on making the switch to Hertha last year, but Arteta played a key role in convincing him to stay.
A summer signing is likely to accompany Thomas Partey in the centre of the park, which would drop Xhaka to the bench.
He may not welcome the prospect of playing a back-up role, which may pave the way for a summer exit.
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