Granit Xhaka to Reportedly Leave Arsenal in January Transfer Window



Arsenal manager Unai Emery has two absentees for the Europa League group stage clash in Guimaraes today against Vitoria. One is the injured Reiss Nelson, the other is Granit Xhaka, who was stripped of his captaincy. This was kind of expected, given his fallout with Arsenal fans, but now the midfielder finds himself with essentially no future with the club at all.

According to multiple reports, Xhaka will be made available in the January transfer window. This report from The Times has more on the situation. All we can says is “cue Ron Burgundy ‘boy that escalated quickly’ meme.

Arsenal Team News, Starting XI Prediction for UEL Clash today: go to this link


Xhaka’s being awarded the captaincy was widely criticized at the time.

That criticism foreshadowed his failure in this prominent leadership role, and despite his public apology for getting into it with hostile supporters, he was stripped of the captain’s armband, and the honor was given to Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.

It’s safe to say that the Switzerland national team captain will likely never feature for Arsenal again.

And with his being put on the transfer market, he’ll be made available for a bargain basement fee, as the north London side will be desperate to sell in January.

Arsenal FC at Vitoria SC (UEFA Europa League Group stage) FYIs

Kickoff: 3:50 BST, Nov 6, The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques

TV: Arsenal WWW Vitoria LLL

Group L Standings: Arsenal first with 9 points, Vitoria last with 0 points

Prediction: Arsenal 1, Vitoria 0

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  1. […] Granit Xhaka has been stripped of his captaincy, and there is already widespread talk that he will be transferred out this January. He could be sat for this match, and one wonders how many times he’ll actually appear in an […]

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