Arsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka has reached an agreement with Hertha Berlin and he is set to join the Bundesliga club, according to the player’s agent.
The footballer’s future at Emirates Stadium has been in doubt since his angry reaction to being replaced during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October.
Despite starting in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth on Boxing Day – Arteta’s first game since taking charge, Xhaka’s agent, Jose Noguera has said his client has a deal in a place with Jurgen Klinsmann’s Hertha and it should be completed next month.
His words, “Look, I will say it frankly and honestly – we are in agreement with Hertha and would like to go to Berlin,”
“That’s what we said to Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sports director Edu Gaspar – as well as the new coach Mikel Arteta.”
Arteta had this to say recently, “As a player, when I was going from Arsenal to City to start coaching and we were looking in that position, he was one of the players on my list. This is how much I liked him,”
“I was happy when Arsenal signed him because I thought he was going to be a terrific player. He has done some really good things and now he has got stuck in a very difficult situation that, I think, was growing and growing and growing and one day it exploded.
“But I have been amazed as well by how this relationship is starting to come back a little bit and I think the fans have been very, very positive about him as well.
“Obviously it is difficult to change completely the scenario from where he was to a magnificent one. But I think we are in the right direction with him.”
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