Former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka has an admirer in Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce, according to the Times.
They report that if Xhaka is left out of Arsenal’s next few matches – he has missed the last two – the club is expecting the Swiss international to push for a January departure.
The report outlines this summer’s European Championship as a key consideration for Xhaka, as he is currently Switzerland’s captain but knows he needs gametime to keep his place.
And Newcastle are apparently looking at a short-term deal so long as it suits all parties, with Bruce keen to add running power and experience to his engine room.
Many Arsenal fans on Twitter have had their say and the consensus is that the lower reaches of the Premier League represent Xhaka’s true level, perhaps that he may struggle to even get into the Magpies team.
Now that he isn’t captain and his relationship with the fans is at breaking point, Xhaka looks to be edging closer and closer to the exit door and the supporters only seem too happy to see him linked with a move this January.
— Emzel (@Emzyl23) November 8, 2019
That's Xhaka's level mate, nothing strange. #byegranit
— DexteR 🇷🇸 (@dextermorgan991) November 8, 2019
If he does depart I hope it’s abroad. As much as I’m not a fan of him, hate to see any abuse continue. He’ll get jeered by all sort of fans and it’ll unsettle him. Move back to Germany I think.
— Red White Gooner 🔴⚪️ (@RedWhite_Gooner) November 8, 2019
Won't make the Newcastle bench.
— SidePassMerchant (@viera_patrixk) November 8, 2019
That’s his level tbh
— terri-fied 👽 (@winfieldlloyd) November 8, 2019
Man is too slow for the premier league, physically and in decision making. Would probably be a decent player at Newcastle, but isn't going to make them any better, so not worth the money if I was them.
— Gooner BK (@GoonerBK) November 8, 2019
He should leave very fast. WTF
— Ekoh Godwyn Viktoh. (@Godvicval1) November 8, 2019
Imagine Xhaka at Newcastle lol
— ً (@Zinoyh) November 8, 2019
How does he get into Their midfield ahead of Two brothers plays there?
So Newcastle buying him for squad depth??? 😂
— Sakib (@Sakib511) November 8, 2019
Yes yes yes 💪. Summer sell Ozil Sokratis
— K £ N N ¥ (@veseli_kenan) November 8, 2019
Exactly the same kind of player as Shelvey and Ki, why do they need him? 😂
— Alex Outridge (@Alexoutridge) November 8, 2019
Wouldn't get in the Newcastle team.
— AKB's, The Special One is coming! (@Jackleo4Stein) November 8, 2019