Agent of Arsenal midfielder claims his client will leave the club in January


Agent of Arsenal midfielder claims his client will leave the club in January
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal applauds the fans after the UEFA Europa League group F match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal FC at on September 19, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old was relieved off his captaincy duties after clashing with the club’s fans during Arsenal’s 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace in October.

Granit Xhaka’s agent has claimed that his client will leave Arsenal to sign for Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin in the January transfer window.

The Swiss midfielder has seen his stock fall at the club after he clashed with the Gunners’ fans during his side’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October.

The episode was followed by then Arsenal manager Unai Emery relegating the midfielder to the sidelines, though his position in the first team was restored after a brief hiatus.

However, as his agent has now claimed, it seems that the 27-year-old’s time at the Emirates stadium might be on the verge of coming to an end, with Hertha Berlin the next destination of the Swiss.

Xhaka set to leave Arsenal in January

Xhaka will leave Arsenal in January
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal in action during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais at the Emirates Stadium on July 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Prior to his side’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday, new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told the press that the Swiss international was a key part of his plans.

That isn’t the sentiment echoed by the player’s agent, who told German media outlet Blick that his client has reached an agreement with Hertha BSC over a winter transfer.

‘Look, I will say it frankly and honestly, we are in agreement with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin,’ Xhaka’s agent José Noguera told Blick.

‘We have told Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sporting director Edu Gaspar, as well as the new coach Mikel Arteta.

‘Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear. ‘It’s only about the transfer fee of the clubs.’

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Xhaka will leave Arsenal in January
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Andre Schurrle of Fulham battles for possession with Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Fulham FC at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Given how poor his reputation is among the Arsenal faithful, it seems a logical deal for all parties if the Swiss midfielder decides to bid farewell to the North London club.

Mikel Arteta might have claimed that he intended to sign Xhaka when the Spaniard was assistant boss at Manchester City, but even he might not deny that the midfielder’s relationship with the Arsenal fans has now broken beyond repair.

Part of the reason why the 25-year-old has gone from the club captain to an outcast within a few months’ time has to do with his own actions. The way he responded to after being subbed-off on October 27, as well as his poorly-worded ‘apology’, did little to mend his broken relationship with the fans.

His performances at Arsenal over the last few months notwithstanding, Arteta’s admission that Man City were one of the clubs hoping to secure his signature before his move to North London indicates that the midfielder has the potential to put his career back on track.

That means that if he does end up securing a move away from the Premier League next month, it will be a good deal not only for the player and Arsenal but also for his potential new club Hertha BSC who will be getting a proven midfielder.

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