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Arsenal were unsure whether to keep Xhaka earlier this summer - journalist
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Arsenal were unsure whether to keep Xhaka earlier this summer - journalist

Ben Jacobs has told EGTV that Arsenal were unsure whether to keep Granit Xhaka up until around six weeks ago, but have clearly now decided that he is staying put.

Xhaka has been a revelation at the start of this season. And actually, he has been superb for much of Mikel Arteta’s tenure.

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It has not been easy for the Swiss in North London. It appeared inevitable that he would seal a move away following Euro 2020, with Roma reportedly closing in on the deal.

However, Xhaka ultimately stayed. And he has largely silenced his critics since. He was excellent for the large majority of last season.

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And he appears to have kicked on again this season. In fact, he has been outstanding as Arsenal set the early pace in the Premier League.

Interestingly however, Jacobs has hinted that it was not always certain that the 29-year-old was staying this summer. Arsenal were weighing everything up as recently as mid-July.

“I think the big one in regards to some of the incomings, was Xhaka who’s made such a good start to the season that he’ll now stay at Arsenal,” he told EGTV.

“But if you’d asked me maybe six weeks ago, Xhaka was one of those where Arsenal were still deciding. And if there were to clear out another space in that area, that’s when you might’ve seen Arsenal move a bit more decisively for a Youri Tielemans.”

Arsenal were unsure whether to keep Xhaka

Of course, tougher tests lie ahead for Xhaka and Arsenal. But something definitely appears to have clicked for the club.

Xhaka is clearly enjoying his football right now. And he is obviously someone who plays a big role amongst the squad. There is a reason that he was previously handed the captaincy.

Xhaka is finding himself in the spotlight less often. And it does seem that that is helping bring the best out of the midfielder this season.

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