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Roma boss Jose Mourinho failed in his pursuit of Granit Xhaka over the summer, but he could go in for him again with an exit for the Swiss international looking increasingly likely due to other performances at the Emirates.
After an impressive Euro 2020 campaign with Switzerland it looked destined that Granit Xhaka would move on from Arsenal, with the midfielder in and out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
Jose Mourinho was heavily interested in bringing Xhaka to Roma and it looked as though a deal would be agreed, but the midfielder ended up staying put at the Emirates.
Mourinho has since been targeting alternatives, and Xhaka picked up a horror injury to kick off Arsenal’s season, that has kept him out of the majority of their campaign so far.
However, it seems as though a revived deal for his original target isn’t completely off the cards and Mourinho could go back in for the Swiss international.
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Roma have been linked with a move for fellow Swiss international Denis Zakaria, following the failed move for Xhaka, but with the midfielder seemingly set for Juventus, Mourinho will turn his attention back towards the Arsenal star, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The report have claimed it’s “not impossible” for Roma to go back in for Xhaka, and it looks destined that the star could be pushed out, following the success of the team since the midfielder has been out.
Xhaka was at the heart of Arsenal’s worst ever Premier League start, and the midfielder made things go from bad to worse after he was shown a red card during a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.
During Xhaka’s suspension, Arsenal turned things around and won three games without conceding, and although he looked bright until he suffered a ruptured knee ligament during a 3-1 against Tottenham, the Gunners have been unbeaten ever since.
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Thomas Partey has been exceptional for Arsenal in the holding midfield role, and Albert-Sambi Lokonga has also stepped up, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles also occupying a more senior role.
Although Xhaka can be excellent on his day, it may be time for him to move on and it’s been proved to Arteta that Arsenal don’t really need the star.
Arsenal paid £30million for Xhaka five years ago, and one of the stumbling blocks this summer with Roma was agreeing a fee, but it may be easier this time around as Mourinho desperately looks to strengthen his midfield.
The football in Serie A is completely different, but Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes that the style of play would be perfect for Xhaka’s game.
Parlour said: “If he goes to Roma, I think Italy is perfect for him. It’s a slower game over there and you know Xhaka has got the passing ability to excel there.
“Whether he goes or not, we’ll have to see. I’m sure Arteta is across the situation.
“Consistency is so important in midfield, you’ve got to be performing like that week in week out and at times he’s had poor games – like 4 out of 10 games – and you need a player who will guarantee you a 7, 8 or 9 every week, which is difficult to find.
“I think that’s why he hasn’t been able to replicate that Switzerland form for Arsenal. Although he was much better last season to be fair to him. The pace of the Premier League is maybe just a little bit too much for him.”
Xhaka has a market value of £20m according to Transfermarkt, and the funds could be used to make further additions to the squad following Arteta’s summer overhaul, as he continues to try and rebuild Arsenal.
Arsenal will be hoping their excellent run continues, as they look to get straight back into Europe after failing to qualify for the first time in 26 years last season.
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