Arsenal are currently sat 11th in the Premier League, eight points off the top four. They will be hoping that new manager Mikel Arteta can turn their season around, but is selling Granit Xhaka the right start? Rumours of an exit to German side Hertha Berlin have been rife, but the Spaniard is reportedly set to block the move, for now.
So why could Arsenal regret losing Granit Xhaka?
It is fair to say that the Swiss midfielder splits opinion. Some fans see him as a valuable asset to the team. A player who can offer them something that their other midfield options cannot. However, others see him as inconsistent and unable to impact games regularly.
The relationship between the 27-year-old and the fans reached boiling point when he appeared to curse at fans at the Emirates when substituted off the pitch.
There is a case to be made for why the club should look to keep Xhaka. He is an experienced midfield player who has made over 100 league appearances for the club. This experience could prove vital in the development of young talents like Mattéo Guendouzi and Joe Willock.
It is also worth noting that Xhaka had his record goalscoring season for Arsenal last time out. He scored four league goals and could come into his own under new manager Arteta.
If the relationship between the Swiss midfielder and the Arsenal faithful has become too poisonous to repair, then it makes sense for him to go. However, a new manager gives him a new chance at success. Selling one player will not resolve all the problems, and it could only make things worse.