Arsenal star Xhaka drops biggest exit hint yet as Arteta ramps up transfer plans

Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is leaving the club as Mikel Arteta ramps up interest in signing at least one new midfielder. The 30-year-old insists there will be an update on his future ahead of the final game of the Premier League season on Sunday.

Xhaka is wanted by Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Xabi Alonso’s side are in talks over a potential £13million deal for the former Gunners skipper.

Arteta has remained tight-lipped when discussing Xhaka’s future in recent weeks. But, from the horse’s mouth, it appears as if he will be on his way.

Xhaka told reporters: “You will know next week, for sure. Before the Wolves game. I think the fans deserve that. And I do, as well.

“We have one more week of the Premier League season to go and I want to enjoy it and I want you guys to, as well.”

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Arsenal are interested in a host of midfielders to replace Xhaka. They are confident in signing West Ham’s Declan Rice, while Mason Mount and Ilkay Gundogan are also on their radar.

Xhaka has had a strained relationship with Arsenal fans for the majority of his time in north London. He was stripped of the captaincy in November 2019, just months after being given the armband.

He publicly fell out with supporters, who booed him off during a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace. It appeared his time in north London was coming to an end.

He came close to leaving in January 2020 but for the newly-appointed Arteta to convince him to stay. Roma and Leverkusen have both come close to signing Xhaka since but he has remained committed to Arsenal.

Xhaka has won over many supporters with his best season to date in a Gunners shirt. He is proud of how he has been able to turn things around in the last 12 months.

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He added: “Where I was three years ago and where I am today, I think I’ve grown up as a person and I’ve got my respect back. In the dressing room, everything was always fine but I got it back from the fans.

“When I talked about special… I mean, how can I say it? Where I have been and how I came back and my turnaround, maybe it’s the first time in the history of the Premier League it’s been done?

“It’s made me happy. It makes me proud. But this is my story, my path.

“How the fans have treated me, I didn’t expect that – but I am thankful for them. I want to give them something back for, maybe, my last game on Sunday.

“I wanted to do something special this season, maybe with a title, but it’s not the time. Let’s see what the future holds.”

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