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Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal fans about his future

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Granit Xhaka has made it clear that he wants to quit Arsenal and join AS Roma this summer.

The future of the midfielder at The Emirates has been a topic of discussion in recent weeks, with reports suggesting he could be on his way out of the north London club.

Xhaka has already been linked with a summer move to AS Roma, where he would join Jose Mourinho, as he tries to end his Arsenal career.

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The Swiss player has been a key member of the Arsenal team in recent seasons, scoring one goal and providing two assists in 31 Premier League appearances in the last campaign.

The 28-year-old, though, appears to have expressed his intention to quit Arsenal and join AS Roma this summer once more.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Xhaka said: “Arsenal know what I want to do… it is very beautiful here [in Rome].”

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He continued: “Football is a team sport and you’re only as good as your team. Of course, it was a good year for me personally. I’ve always played and performed.

“But the place at the end of the season is, of course, really bitter and disappointing for us.”

As Mikel Arteta prepares for his second full season in charge in north London, the Gunners are rumored to be mulling a massive overhaul of their team this summer.

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Despite all of the rumours, the Gunners are yet to confirm any major signings during this transfer period.

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Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal’s ‘terrific’ signing after Norwich win

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Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Norwich City, new signing Aaron Ramsdale received great praise from manager Mikel Arteta.

After completing a successful move to Arsenal in the summer, the goalkeeper seems to have finally settled into life at The Emirates.

The 23-year-old put in a stellar performance against Norwich, helping Arsenal get their first triumph of the season thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal.

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The Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper, Bernd Leno, was dropped in favor of Ramsdale and the manager was pleased with the English goalie.

 Arteta said: “I think he was terrific.

“It is not only what he did on the technical side, it is what he transmits, his energy, his chemistry with the backline, how he reacts, his body language… I think it was top.

“We have two fantastic goalkeepers and never forgot what Bernd has done for us and what a good goalkeeper he is.

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“I had to make decisions and I felt Aaron was the right one to do so and like in any other position, and that is what we decided today.”

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Mikel Arteta is running out of time in his attempt to improve his squad with roughly just two weeks left till the transfer window closes.

Arteta is wary of his side’s weaknesses especially now after they lost their opening match to new boys Brentford.

The Gunners are in dire need for a creative midfielder and more options in attack with both their strikers, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette missing the season opener due to illness.

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According to Sky Sports News, European giants Barcelona wanted to secure a move for the Gabon International to Camp Nou and were ready to offer Philippe Coutinho in a swap deal.

However, recent reports by football journalist, Fabrizio Romano have it that Barcelona are no longer interested and given their financial situation, their priority is to offload some excess players.

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This is a great blow to Arteta  and the Gunners who were looking to offload the forward as he has failed to impress in recent times.

The 32-year-old managed 14 goals last season as Arsenal finished eighth  in the league, missing out on Europa League football.

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Arsenal renewed  Aubameyang’s contract till 2024 last year after a series of superb performances but his form has taken a dive in recent times thus making his exorbitant salary a huge problem for the club.

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka has signed a 1-year contract extension at the club, keeping him in London till 2024, although Arsenal have an option for an additional year.

 The Switzerland international was heavily linked with a move to AS Roma this summer, with the London side willing to cash in on him.

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In other news, Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Dusan Vlahovic. According to HITC via Gianluca Di Marzio, the Fiorentina striker prefers a move to Tottenham Hotspur, who are also in the race for his signature. The Serbian is wanted by Atletico Madrid too, but they have been unable to agree a deal with the Serie A side.

Arsenal were previously interested in Tammy Abraham and Luataro Martinez. Abraham is all set to join AS Roma, while the Argentine is unlikely to move to the Emirates.

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Arsenal have made a proposal to Leicester for a move for playmaker James Maddison.

According to Football.london, Leicester’s James Maddison is at the top of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s wish list in pursuit of a creative midfielder in the summer window. 

The Gunners are interested in a swoop to sign the 24-year-old to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2021-22 season.

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They are also looking at Maddison as an alternative to Martin Odegaard, as he seems likely to remain at Madrid in the coming season.

Arteta is a big admirer of the Foxes’ playmaker as he has been impressive over the past three seasons.

Negotiations for Maddison’s move to the Emirates have been slow, but Maddison has made it clear that he is interested in the move to North London even though Arsenal finished below Leicester in the Premier League table last season.

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Leicester are eyeing a fee of about £70 million. However, Arsenal hope to lower this price by including players in the deal, with the likes of Eddie Nketiah, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson understood to be the players offered.

However, the move will only work if Arsenal are willing to give up a player in a position that Brendan Rodgers’ side is looking to recruit in.

Rodgers was in the market for a centre back this summer and with Wesley Fofana suffering a fractured fibula, it only gave him more pressure to sign.

When Fofana was stretchered off during Leicester City’s 3-2 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night, the 20-year-old immediately signalled for assistance after a scissor challenge by the forward Fer Nino.

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Arsenal having recently brought in Ben White from Brighton and loaned out William Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos, the Gunners seem not in a position to offer one.

Maddison scored 8 goals and made 5 assists in 31 appearances for the Foxes last season.

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