Arteta makes stance on €35m Arsenal man clear amid links with Milan move

By Oliver Fisher -

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has once again revealed his desire for midfielder Granit Xhaka to stay at the club amid links with a move to AC Milan.

The Rossoneri have been strongly linked with a move for a midfielder in the January window, and MilanNews.it recently suggested that they could sell Franck Kessie and Lucas Paqueta in the January window for the right offer, and that Xhaka could be looked at as a potential replacement.

The Swiss international seemed destined to leave the Gunners two years after arriving from Monchengladbach in a deal worth €35m (as per Sky) when he told fans to “f*** off” after being substituted against Crystal Palace back in October.

Speaking to Swiss outlet Blick (via MilanNews.it), Xhaka’s agent revealed information about his client’s next move by claiming that personal terms have been agreed with Hertha Berlin.

The 27-year-old did not feature for the Gunners in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea over the weekend, but Arteta clarified that it was due to illness before pleading with him to stay.

“Will he leave? I hope not,” he said (via the Mirror).

“He played at Bournemouth. He did really well, very committed played a really good game and after the game he started to feel ill and temperature.

“He was not feeling good and been in bed for two days and that is why not selected.”

 

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