Arsenal have completed the first major signing of the summer transfer window, as the Gunners have forked out £35m to bring Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka to the Emirates Stadium.
The 23-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the club after the Swiss international completed a medical at the weekend after the club’s agreed an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £35m.
In a statement on the club’s website, Xhaka said he cannot wait to get started with his new club and hopes to inspire the Gunners to plenty of silverware.
“I am very proud to be joining Arsenal,” said the 23-year-old.
“I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League. I will give everything to help Arsenal win trophies and make the fans happy.”
Xhaka’s arrival at the Emirates comes after it was announced that Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky would be leaving the club, as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his options in midfield.
Gunners gaffer Wenger is delighted to secure a long-term target and hopes Xhaka can become a key figure in the Arsenal midfield for many years to come.
“Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience,” said the Frenchman.
“We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad. We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.”
The Swiss midfielder began his career in his native Switzerland with Basel, before moving to German side Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, where he made over 100 appearances for the club.
I haven’t seen Granit Xhaka in action before so I don’t know what to expect from the Swiss international so we will have to keep an eye on the promising star during next month’s Euro 2016 to see if this will be a great deal for Arsenal.
Xhaka’s arrival will fill a void left by a number of departing midfielders but it still will be competitive in the middle of the park as Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere will battle it out for a place in the starting XI.
I have heard good things about Xhaka so he could turn out to be one of the key signings over the next few months in the summer transfer window. He is the first big signing of the summer and there will be plenty more to come.