Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta: “Xhaka is going to stay with us.”

Andy Mattioli

The telenovela of Xhaka to Roma is coming to an end after months of negotiations, with the Swiss international most likely staying in the English capital. Earlier today, Granit Xhaka featured in Arsenal’s friendly against Chelsea and scoring an equalizer after half-time.

Following the match, Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, spoke to TalkSport and addressed the Xhaka situation:

“Granit Xhaka is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad.”

Thus, Roma will be veering toward other alternatives to reinforce their midfield. Mourinho wanted Xhaka all along as he considered him a veteran and a quality leader to have on the pitch and a perfect partner to put alongside Roma’s Jordan Veretout.

Arsenal recently offered Xhaka a new contract until June 2025 with a higher salary than the one offered by Rome earlier in the summer. The Gunners turned down a bid of €15 million from the Roman club for the 28-year-old midfielder.

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