Granit Xhaka dismisses Arsenal exit amid rumours of Bundesliga return
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has responded to reports linking him with a move away from the Emirates, with there being rumours of a possible return to the Bundesliga.
While speaking with German publication RP Online, the 28-year-old confirmed that he aims to stay at the club next season.
The Swiss international is currently in his fifth season with Arsenal, and while he has had a very mixed time at the club, since Mikel Arteta's arrival he has become one of the most important and influential players in the whole team.
There were reports earlier this season that Xhaka could be part of a possible swap deal for Denis Zakaria, seeing him move back to his former side Borussia Monchengladbach.
However, when asked about these reports by RP Online, Xhaka claimed that "There are always rumours at the end of the season, that's for sure."
"But I still have a two-year contract in London, and I am very happy with my family here."
"First of all, I'm looking at a successful Euro 2020 with the national team."
Xhaka also commented on Arsenal's Europa League semi-final exit, claiming that they were unfortunate to go out at that stage.
"It was a big disappointment to be eliminated so shortly before stepping into the Europa League final and a possible return to the Champions League."
"All in all, it was very unfortunate for us, especially in the second leg we had a lot of injuries and couldn't play with our best team. You have to stay positive and attack again next season."
Xhaka has showcased his importance to the Arsenal team this season, being very versatile across the season, playing either in defensive midfield or else at left-back.
Whenever he has not played, Arsenal have lacked his organisational skills and leadership, and he has formed quite a good partnership with Thomas Partey, with the Ghanaian being the more attacking of the two, while Xhaka sits deeper.
The Swiss international has played in 29 Premier League games so far this season, with Arsenal picking up just ten points from the possible 21 in the seven games that he did not feature in.
While Arsenal need to strengthen plenty of positions in the summer after a disappointing campaign, but if they do let go of Xhaka, it might be a bigger mistake than they might notice at first.