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Granit Xhaka has only recently completed his switch to Arsenal, but the 23-year-old has revealed that contact was first made last summer regarding a potential move, as reported by Swiss outlet Blick.
Arsene Wenger has clearly been chasing the Swiss international for quite some time, personally contacting him a year ago. He’s had to wait quite a while to get the deal over the line though, with Xhaka only ready to make the move now.
“He [Wenger] is a legend for me. Today, he is allowed to train me. When was the first contact? A year ago, I was almost speechless when he called.”
The north London switch has clearly been agreed for a little while though, as Xhaka claims it was difficult for him to keep a lid on it. He insists he was forced to keep quiet despite the deal being done, with the news only coming out after a number of images were leaked online.
“It was a very difficult week for me,” he continued.
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“I had to keep a quiet, even if I do not like to do that.”
Most Arsenal fans have known this deal was coming for quite some time, with the sheer volume of reports that emerged suggesting that surely there had to be some truth in the rumours. It’s strange to see Arsene Wenger getting his business done early for once, but the fans certainly won’t be complaining.
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We look like we could be in for a big spending summer with a number of signings potentially arriving, so hopefully Xhaka is the first of many signings. We need to conduct ourselves more like a team that is challenging for the title, and our behaviour in the transfer market recently has not shown that.