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ARSENAL: XHAKA RETURNS TO LIGHT TRAINING

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has returned to light training as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The Switzerland senior national team player has been missing since he suffered the knee problem towards the end of the North London Derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the league at the end of September.

Switzerland midfielder Xhaka posted pictures of him in light training on his official Instagram account last week.

XHAKA AGREES NEW ARSENAL DEAL

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has agreed a new deal at the club as reported by English publication Football London. It was revealed that the Switzerland player will stay in North London after his proposed move to Italian Serie A team AS Roma didn't see the light of the day.

Jose Mourinhois a big fan of Xhaka and he wanted the Switzerland national team skipper at Roma this summer but the club was unable to meet the asking price from the Gunners. Arsenal demanded for €20m from Roma for Xhaka but the Italians were able to offer just €12m plus €3m in add-ons.

Xhaka had two years left on his Arsenal deal and the club has moved to tie him down to a longer deal by offering a new contract that takes him till 2025.

XHAKA IMPRESSES AS ARSENAL LEFT-BACK

Switzerland national teamskipper Granit Xhakawas named as the left-back replacement for injured first choice Kieran Tierney ahead of the penultimate league game at Sheffield United to the surprise of many Arsenal fans despite the fact that he had previously played in that position on occasions.

The Arsenal fans were expecting backup fullback Cedric Soares or even impressive youngster Bukayo Saka as a left-back rather than Switzerland midfielder Xhaka. The decision to field the Switzerland player as a left-back didn't come back to haunt Gunners boss Mikel Artetaas his team dispatched bottom team Sheffield United with relative ease. Central striker Alexandre Lacazette scored twice either side of the half-time interval and either side of the second half strike from young forward Gabriel Martinelli to lead Arsenal to a 3-0 away win.

XHAKA TO RETURN TO ARSENAL XI

Switzerland international skipper Granit Xhaka is in line to return to the Arsenal starting XI ahead of the Premier League outing with Crystal Palace on Thursday. The Gunners will play hosts to Crystal Palace in a London Derby clash and Switzerland midfielder Xhaka is expected to be named in the Arsenal starting line-up after dropping out for the FA Cup third round tie with Newcastle United at the weekend.Xhaka dropped out of the Arsenal line-up for the FA Cup encounter as manager Mikel Arteta made several changes to his XI from the previous game, a 4-0 away win over struggling West Brom.


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had to call on Switzerland midfielder Xhaka off the bench as his team found it hard to break down a stubborn Newcastle United team. His introduction in the second half of regulation opened up the game as Arsenal went on to score two goals in extra time to win the FA Cup tie 2-0 and also seal a place in the fourth round.

SWITZERLAND STAR ADMITS RECENT MISTAKE

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka has admitted that he made a big mistake during the recent Premier League game at home to Burnley. The Switzerland national team captain came in for a lot of criticisms for his action that led to a red card during the game. Granit Xhaka was given his marching orders after he grabbed Burnley player Ashley Westwood by the throat in the second half of the league game with the scoreline at goalless.

His red card was keenly felt by Arsenal as they went on to lose 1-0 to Burnley in what's their first defeat to the Clarets in the Premier League era. Arsenal skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang scored an unfortunate own goal to give the Clarets the three points at stake. Switzerland midfielder Xhaka was forced to miss the next three Arsenal games as a result of his red card. He missed the league games against Southampton

David Ornstein confirms injury blow for Arsenal duo

The Athletic reporter David Ornstein has confirmed that Arsenal duo Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka have picked up injuries during the club’s recent clash against Manchester City and the former could be ruled out for the rest of the season. The north London side resumed their league action after the coronavirus shutdown with an away trip to the Etihad Stadium and it was one to forget as they were beaten by a comfortable 3-0 score.

Xhaka insists he has forgotten about the bust-up with Arsenal fans

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has said that he has forgotten about the bust-up with the Arsenal fans during the first half of the season. The midfielder was stripped from the captaincy after the incident in October and it appeared that he could head through the exit door at the beginning of the year.

Granit Xhaka says Arsenal need three to four years to win the league

Arsenal
midfielder Granit Xhaka has said that the Gunners may require another three to
four years to reach the pedigree of Liverpool and start competing for the
Premier League title. The north London side have been on a decline over the
past few years and they have missed out on the Champions League and the top
four in the previous three seasons.

Granit Xhaka insists Arsenal need leaders in different positions

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has said that Arsenal need leaders in different positions rather than a single captain. The midfielder has been touted to become the new skipper with the anticipated departure of Laurent Koscielny but believes more than one player should take up the mantle of leading by example on the field.

Speaking to The Mirror, Xhaka said that manager Unai Emery has preferred to offer instructions to different players and last season, the likes of Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Petr Cech were able to convey their thoughts when on the field of play. He added that the same trend should continue for the forthcoming campaign and the instructions don’t necessary have to come from the captain, he quipped: “You need more than five. All the teams have to be captains on the pitch. It’s not the guys who have the armband. Of course he looks good on the pitch because he has the armband but in the end we have to work and we have to speak all together on the pitch. It’s not only one player or two.”

Paul Mariner suggests Granit Xhaka needs coaching at Arsenal

Former Premier League star Paul Mariner suggests Granit Xhaka needs more coaching at Arsenal to suit the defensive midfield role. The Switzerland international has been with the Gunners for the past two-and-a-half seasons where he has produced a mixed bag in terms of the performances for the club.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Mariner suggested that the midfielder is more suited to the holding role rather than playing in an advanced position. He added that the north London giants need to offer the midfielder with more coaching in the number six position, if he is to have a long-term future at the club, he said: “I like him in the 6 role. I don’t like him when he plays a little bit further forward or when he plays the 8 role. I don’t like him. What they should do with now is they should coach him a little bit more, so they are going to keep him.”

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