Arsenal are surely set to make a big transfer mistake - TBR View
Switzerland shocked world champions France last night, knocking them out of Euro 2020 on penalties. The star man proved to be Arsenal maestro Granit Xhaka.
He was named as the official UEFA Star of the Match and his performance allowed the Swiss to roll over the French. The Gunners man also won praise from ex-midfield general Roy Keane, who called him ‘outstanding’.
A penalty shootout was required, although for large parts Xhaka and co were excellent in Budapest.
With the Arsenal man in such good form last night, it asks the question of why on earth is Mikel Arteta about to let his midfield leader leave?
A move to Roma is on the cards. Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Xhaka and some reports have claimed a deal is close.
With that in mind, could Arsenal be about to make their biggest mistake of the entire summer transfer window?
Some statistics courtesy of Who Scored certainly suggest they are.
During the contest he completed 93% of his 87 passes, the best of any player on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes.
He also made three key passes and showcased his qualities without the ball. Xhaka claimed two tackles, two interceptions and made one clearance.
Why are Arsenal letting Xhaka leave?
This remains a mystery. Last season, he won over the majority of his critics and was arguably one of Arteta’s very best players.
Arsenal even have some security over his contract situation. He has a deal with the Gunners until 2023 and would still fetch a decent sum for him in a year’s time.
Arteta clearly wants his own players but Xhaka departing would leave him somewhat short in midfield.
The £100,000-a-week performer has endured tricky times at Arsenal. He was starting to emerge from that dark tunnel though and really showcased his talents last season.
There’s a saying that you don’t know what it’s got until it’s gone. Based on his heroics last night, Arsenal could find that statement ring true next season.