Yes, there was a play on words in the headline. Sometimes you just have to indulge yourself and ‘flog off Xhaka’
gave me a degree of limited pleasure after his undistinguished Arsenal career virtually came to an end after Xhaka petulantly removed the Arsenal shirt and threw the captains armband at Alexandre Lacazette.
Those waiting for his return should pop a reality pill because the general feeling of supporters is that there is no way back under any circumstances.
Granit Xhaka hasn’t played for the Gunners ever since his infamous substitution against Crystal Palace and a return to the first team looks unlikely to happen in the near future, if ever. Moreover, reports suggest that the club may let the player leave as soon as next summer.
It’s thought that the player and club have discussed the future and that Xhaka has indicated he wants to move on due to the disgraceful personal abuse he and his family received, which I do not condone.
The club are said to be searching for a replacement and although there may be issues with his fellow holding defender, Lucas Torreira, Arsenal appear to have identified Xhaka’s international team mate, Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach) as a possible option.
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Other premiership clubs are said to be keeping a close eye on the player that has attracted plenty of attention for his excellent performances and they include Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United.
Strong, athletic and aggressive, Zakaria (22) is every inch the type of absorbing, attack minded player that Arsenal are looking for, but he can also battle it out with the best and is a fierce competitor who is solid in a tackle.
He will chase down, hound opponents and impose himself on players. By way of contrast, he has great control, can vary his passes, is able to sniff out goal scoring opportunities and can strike a ball from distance with power.
Whats not to like ? If Arsenal are looking for Xhaka’s replacement, Zakaria is certainly an upgrade on the shamed Swiss international.