In a recent interview, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta opened up about Granit Xhaka’s departure from the club during the transfer window, as the midfielder joined Bayer Leverkusen.
Xhaka’s time at Arsenal has been a rollercoaster ride, marked by inconsistency and occasional issues under Arteta’s management.
However, things took a positive turn for the Swiss international following his infamous reaction against Crystal Palace.
Xhaka managed to turn his fortunes around and became an integral part of Arsenal’s squad. Nevertheless, his move to the Bundesliga came as a surprise to many.
This summer has been an intriguing one for Arsenal, with the club already confirming the signings of Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber.
The Gunners are actively reshaping their squad and aiming to strengthen their position in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Although Xhaka proved to be a reliable player for Arsenal last season, Arteta expressed his belief that it was not beneficial to hold onto a player who had a strong desire to leave.
In response to questions about Xhaka’s departure, Arteta explained, “There are three aspects to this situation.
Granit had a clear desire that it was the right time and a big opportunity for him personally to move there.
We had a conversation, and ultimately, we all agreed that it was the right decision to move forward.”
It appears that all parties involved were satisfied with the outcome of the transfer, which will undoubtedly please Arsenal fans.
While Xhaka’s absence will be felt, the club is determined to enhance the quality of their squad as they compete for titles and navigate the challenges of the Champions League.
The Gunners have already begun their pursuit of reinforcements with the signings they have secured, and it is expected that they will find a suitable replacement for Xhaka in due course.