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Arteta Slows Down Momentum: Arsenal Manager Hits Brakes

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Arteta is making the transfer of Granit Xhaka from Arsenal to Bayer Leverkusen experience ongoing delays. But reports suggest that a move is still in anticipation. However, Arsenal is aiming to secure a deal for a replacement before finalizing Xhaka’s transfer.


After a seven-year tenure in North London, Granit Xhaka is preparing to conclude his time at Arteta and his team. Despite experiencing ups and downs in the Premier League, the Swiss international recently had his most successful season.

Xhaka, who was often in regards as the “villain” during the initial years at the club, has managed to regain the support and affection of numerous Arsenal fans. Nevertheless, he believes that the current moment presents an ideal opportunity for his departure.

Leverkusen’s interest in the player re-emerged in the final few weeks of the season. A £13million deal has previously been in reports by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano as being ‘very, very advanced’.

Arteta and his Plans


Despite the initial reports on May 18 regarding a close-to-completed deal, three weeks later, it appears that no significant progress has been made towards finalizing the transfer. German football reporter Florian Plettenberg has recently provided an update on Granit Xhaka’s future.


According to Florian Plettenberg, it may take a few more days for Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen to reach a complete agreement for Granit Xhaka’s transfer. Xhaka himself remains eager to join Leverkusen and is patiently waiting for the move to be in finals.

In the meantime, Arsenal’s priority is to secure a midfielder before allowing Xhaka to depart. Mikel Arteta has identified Declan Rice as his top target, with Moises Caicedo and Ilkay Gundogan also being considered.

Contrary to recent reports, Plettenberg asserts that Bayern Munich is not a viable option for Xhaka. Arsenal might expedite their pursuit of Rice in the coming days, particularly following West Ham’s victory over Fiorentina in the Europa Conference League final on Wednesday.

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