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Newcastle Linked With January Move For Arsenal Captain


There is a report in The Times that Newcastle will pursue Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in January.

Xhaka has not been in the Arsenal squad since his incident leaving the pitch against Crystal Palace two weeks ago. The Arsenal captain was booed when substituted at the Emirates. Xhaka taunted the fans as he walked off the pitch and down the tunnel.

There have been recent reports that Arsenal will try to offload the Swiss international in the winter window.

This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with Xhaka. We were reported to have an interest in the midfielder in 2015 when he played for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

The defensive midfielder just turned 27 in September and is pushing the boundary of our transfer age limit. Though maybe Newcastle could bring Xhaka in on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Xhaka joined Arsenal in the summer of 2016 for around £40m. He has since made 144 appearance with 11 goals and 17 assists at the Emirates.

His contract at Arsenal runs until 2023 but he should have plenty of suitors if he is indeed available. We wouldn’t mind seeing him in the midfield at St James Park but just don’t see this one happening.

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4 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 8, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Hmm, I’m kinda ambivalent on this one – while there’s no doubt he’d bring something to the squad, I think I’d rather persevere with Hayden and the Longstaffs as they are our future. A half-season loan of Xhaka would not help to bring them along in any way as he barred their progress to the team.

    Actually, I’m not ambivalent, I think it’d be a poor idea unless we bought him outright (unlikely)

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  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 8, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I reckon it depends on how we’re looking in 7/8 weeks, if we are still hovering around 16th then yep, we should go for him, if we’re nearer 13th then no, we don’t need him.

    It’s a fine margin.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 8, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    RobLeenio,
    He’s 27 years old and cost 40M and I would assume 100K a week wages. It’s a complete non starter.

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  • geordietom

    Nov 8, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    he’s on £120 grand a week never gonna happen…

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