The end of the season now drawing closer and the pressure only mounting on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, the need for major additions to the squad is higher than ever, more so when one takes a look at the major overhauls that could well be overseen by the new managerial appointments at Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
Having made only two first-team signings this season (Arsenal were the only club in Europe that didn’t buy an outfield player), it looks like Arsene Wenger is planning to do his business even before the transfer window has opened with Sky Sports in Germany reporting that the Gunners are willing to pay €43m for the 23-year old Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland mid-fielder Granit Xhaka.
As is evident from Granit Xhaka’s statistics so far this season, he’s not the kind of player who can hurt you going forward or makes significant contributions in front of goal as Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla or Mesut Ozil can – he’s a different kind of player.
The 6ft 1in likes to sit deep more often, pulling the strings together to keep things going while his calm, composure and intelligence on the ball combined with his heavy presence in central mid-field make him the perfect fit for Arsenal since the Gunners have, for a decade, craved for a player of such stature and abilities. Add to that, Xhaka, as the ones around him believe, is a “natural leader”.
Surely, if Arsenal are in for a replacement for Patrick Vieira, Xhaka is their man.