Xhaka’s Arsenal stint
Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach in July of 2016.
The Gunners are believed to have around £40m for the Swiss international’s services.
Xhaka has gone on to feature 150 times across all competitions for the Gunners. In those ties he has scored 11 and assisted 17.
However, Xhaka never really seems to have endeared himself too well towards the Arsenal faithful.
Xhaka is often a frustrating figure to watch and also makes too many rash challenges, which sometimes lead to mistakes or him getting booked.
But the final straw for Xhaka at Arsenal seems to have been the Crystal Palace incident.
The Swiss international was booed off the pitch as he was subbed vs Palace with Xhaka responding by cupping his ear and saying ‘f*** off’.
Xhaka was then left out of Arsenal’s matchday squads for the following three league ties after Palace.
Xhaka to Berlin?
Xhaka would slowly regain a spot in Arsenal’s first-team and he even started Mikel Arteta’s first tie as manager on Thursday vs Bournemouth.
However, despite earning regular minutes again, it seems the 27-year-old wants to leave North London.
Xhaka’s agent has come out and claimed that they have reached an agreement with Bundesliga outfit Hertha BSC and they have informed several people at Arsenal, including Arteta, about their decision:
“Look, I will say it frankly and honestly, we are in agreement with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin.
“We have told Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sporting director Edu Gaspar, as well as the new coach Mikel Arteta.
“Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear.
“It’s only about the transfer fee of the clubs.” As quoted by the Mirror.
Hertha Berlin are said to have tabled an offer of around £21m for Xhaka, as per the Mirror.