Granit Xhaka has strongly hinted that he could be ready to leave the Emirates Stadium by admitting “Arsenal does not have to be the last stop” in his career.
The 26-year-old Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal in the summer of 2016 at a £35million transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach, but he has proved a divisive figure among supporters, who all haven’t taken to his style.
Notwithstanding, Xhaka remains a trusted member of Unai Emery’s side with the midfielder at times furnished with the captain’s armband and, at the very least, a regular starter under the Spaniard.
Xhaka signed a new long-term contract in the summer and has kept his place in the side, despite having Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guunedouzi in the club playing similar roles.
His stay in north London may prove shorter lived than expected. Has he given a hint about his readiness to leave Arsenal.
Speaking with Tagblatt when asked if he sees himself moving on any time soon, he replied “I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,”
Arsenal however, could have a hinge on keeping Xhaka, as they hope of returning to the Champions League next season.
With Napoli lying in wait in the Europa League quarter-finals and the club currently fourth in the Premier League, Xhaka’s hopes are firmly high.
“Each game we know what we do,” Xhaka said earlier in the season. “We know the opposition well, where they are good and where they are not. He (Emery) is important. He helps us, not only me but all the players, with the small things, the tactical things. You can see that on the pitch, as he explained earlier in the season.”