Official: Granit Xhaka signs for Arsenal

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Moenchengladbach for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £30 million including add-ons.

The Swiss midfielder, who has been linked with the club since the turn of the year, is the first acquisition of the summer and the third most expensive in the Gunners’ history behind Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Confirmation of the deal came a couple of days after pictures of his unveiling at London Colney were leaked on Twitter by his brother.

Xhaka began his career at Basel before moving to Moenchengladbach in a five-year deal for €8.5 million in 2012. A fixture in the Swiss national side, he leaves the Bundesliga with 140 appearances to his name and over a year’s experience as captain having been handed the armband by Borussia’s former coach Lucien Favre in February 2015.

Speaking about latest signing, Arsene Wenger said, “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.

“We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad. We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.”

The players has has his medical, and will now join up with his country as they begin their preparations for EURO 2016 in France.

Xhaka has the number 34, his digits at Basel and Moenchengladbach, tattooed on his back … something Francis Coquelin may find amusing.

We’ll let you know his official squad number as soon as it’s confirmed.

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The Mert
The Mert
3 years ago

Well done!!

Jijo
Jijo
3 years ago
Reply to  The Mert

On our day : You don’t get the ball from Cazhaka!
On their day : You don’t go past Coqhaka!

Great signing!

Foreigngooner
Foreigngooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Jijo

Not a bad try, need some refining though.

LemmeTakeASzczelfie
LemmeTakeASzczelfie
3 years ago
Reply to  Jijo

How could you go past Xhakalin?!

'Murica
'Murica
3 years ago

How are we ignoring the Granite Coq? It dangles there just waiting for an invader to slap away.

AMD the Gunner
AMD the Gunner
3 years ago
Reply to  'Murica

you sir deserve a cookie

Xxxrob
Xxxrob
3 years ago

It’s fuckin excellent

Bosscielny
Bosscielny
3 years ago

Wow this came out of nowhere.

SB
SB
3 years ago
Reply to  Bosscielny

Now I can get to focusing on my work for a few days before the frenzy about some striker.

AKB(Not the one your thinking of)
AKB(Not the one your thinking of)
3 years ago

Now that caught me off guard!!

George
George
3 years ago

Have to say, brilliant #banter from the club retweeting “announce Xhaka” tweets before the announcement. And yay, new signing!

eternalflamini
eternalflamini
3 years ago
Reply to  George

This one was a bit embarrassing though https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/735423725579972610

kaius
kaius
3 years ago
Reply to  eternalflamini

I get what you’re saying, but a club with Arsenal’s online reach has a strong grasp of the demographic that’s most active on Twitter and will tailor it’s humour accordingly. It’s more relaxed than what you’d get on the official website, and that’s not a bad thing.

Top marks to Borussia for their reply btw!

Mootilated
Mootilated
3 years ago

Well. I wasn’t expecting that. Nice little surprise.

Saffa Gooner
Saffa Gooner
3 years ago

His face looks like a blend of Arteta and Wilshere. Good signing!

Boilk
Boilk
3 years ago
Reply to  Saffa Gooner

And some of Ramsey as well 😉

Holyviper
Holyviper
3 years ago
Reply to  Saffa Gooner

Wishere and Christiano Ronaldo!

Newxieland
Newxieland
3 years ago

Boom Xhakalaka!

Myleftfoot
Myleftfoot
3 years ago

Welcome “Mr lover man”

“XHAKA”

ala Shabba Ranks

TommyGun
TommyGun
3 years ago

Did not see that coming!

There seem to be a lot of people whining about us buying a midfielder (AW always buys midfielders!) when we need a world class striker.

There is plenty of time to buy a striker. We have just lost 3 midfielders from our senior squad.

I am sure he will be a good signing. I know bugger all about him but it would be nice if we can get our transfer business wrapped up early to save us having to be linked with every player under the sun.

Rufus
Rufus
3 years ago

Now if we sign Emre Can and they keep passing to each other…. we can do the “Xhaka Can, Xhaka Can” with a couple of keepy-uppies/auto-passes by Granit “Xhaka, Xhaka”…

Bedlam
Bedlam
3 years ago

Xhaka’s obsession with the number 34 stems from his childhood where the coach once told him he’d never amount to a number 7.

Arsene-al fan
Arsene-al fan
3 years ago
Reply to  Bedlam

Didn’t he say ‘you’ll have to add something to be a 7?’

Bedlam
Bedlam
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsene-al fan

That’s much better. Credit where it’s due.

Arsene-al fan
Arsene-al fan
3 years ago
Reply to  Bedlam

Ta, though your idea in the first place, just a refinement.

Stewart Robson's therapist
Stewart Robson's therapist
3 years ago

We’ve got Xhaka, Granit Xhaka,
I just don’t think you understand,
He came here from Gladbach,
He’s better than Ballack,
We’ve got Granit Xhaka!

Frazer
Frazer
3 years ago

It’s been done bro

MrTengan
MrTengan
3 years ago

Still looking for a song for him? What about Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling?

LaLaLa
LaLaLa
3 years ago

Damn it, Granit, I love you

Welbeck's hi top fade
Welbeck's hi top fade
3 years ago
Reply to  LaLaLa

I’m all for a rocky horror chant : )

WOS
WOS
3 years ago

Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, mushroom.

vnet
vnet
3 years ago

Kinda looks like Superman (Henry Cavill).

Gooneron
Gooneron
3 years ago

Would be very interesting to see the starting line-up next season…

Gooniegoogoo
Gooniegoogoo
3 years ago

I’m still 99% sure the photos and this story are fake, will wait until I see him on the pitch before celebrating.

Anonymous Kumquat
Anonymous Kumquat
3 years ago
Reply to  Gooniegoogoo
Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner
3 years ago

But what do caughtoffside have to say on the matter?

Eyob
Eyob
3 years ago
Reply to  Exiledgooner

They are reporting that Xhaka is not happy at Arsenal and he is seeking a move to Barcelona.

aaron
aaron
3 years ago
Reply to  Eyob

Don’t worry, just checked and Metro have an article saying he will be tied down to a 7 year deal

Andy Mack
Andy Mack
3 years ago
Reply to  Gooniegoogoo

Yeah, That Arsenal.com site is well known for faking stories….

DublinGooner
DublinGooner
3 years ago

That came out of the blue

PGunner
PGunner
3 years ago

Welcome aboard the good ship Arsenal, Granit. May your journey with us be laden with good times and precious treasures.

Brendan
Brendan
3 years ago

Mushrooooooooooooooooooooooooooom

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight
3 years ago

I just wanted to say thanks for sorting out the ‘more stories’ pop-up.

It’s now small enough that I can click the X whilst my window is at a reduced size 🙂

I’d like to think the change was based on my feedback but I don’t care either way. If it was, credit to you guys for caring about your audience, unlike some other websites **cough**bbc**cough**.

Walcott's left footed curl
Walcott's left footed curl
3 years ago

Xhaka Xhaka, eh eh
Xhaka Xhaka, eh eh
Score this game for Arsenal

Or something.

JakeyBoy
JakeyBoy
3 years ago

Rock hard nipples

SOWETO GOONER
SOWETO GOONER
3 years ago

question is, who’s getting benched? Coq/Ramsey/Elneny…

Harsh
3 years ago
Reply to  SOWETO GOONER

the ones who are injured

_
_
3 years ago
Reply to  Harsh

But then who is going to play??

Dave M
Dave M
3 years ago

is it just me or does Xhaka look a bit like Jack Wilshere? Might be a better, more sane, less whiny replacement…(seriously cannot believe Jack would be complaining about the fact he played his TWO games this season on the wing…Such a little Prima Dona).

Db
Db
3 years ago

Here’s to a straight red card, subsequent 3 match suspension and Switzerland to get knocked out at the group stage ?

Possession
Possession
3 years ago

My season ticket renewal form arrived this morning….

what a coincidence.

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Winger also said, “Like last summer I am glad I have made this acquisition early so that I can fool the fans in to thinking this is the beginning of a spree in a squad that needs a fee big signings when in fact my business done. I believe the kids call it ‘banter’.

Oooh Ahhh Ray Parlour!
Oooh Ahhh Ray Parlour!
3 years ago

Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka Xhaka Khan Xhaka Khan Xhaka Khan Xhaka Khan Xhaka Khan Let me rock you Let me rock you Xhaka Khan Let me rock you That’s all I wanna do Xhaka Khan Let me rock you Let me rock you Xhaka Khan Let me rock you ‘Cause I feel for you Xhaka Khan Won’t you tell me What you wanna do Do you feel for me The way I feel for you Xhaka Khan Let me tell you what I wanna do I wanna love you Wanna hug you Wanna squeeze you too Let me take you in… Read more »

Oooh Ahhh Ray Parlour!
Oooh Ahhh Ray Parlour!
3 years ago

Okay the last one was a mental block that I seem to have with the name Xhaka & Chaka Kahn…

Perhaps a double header with the Gunnersauras might be better.

Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur
Open the door, get on the floor
Everybody walk the dinosaur

Boom boom Xhaka lacka lacka boom
Boom boom Xhaka lacko boom boom
Boom boom Xhaka lacka lacka boom
Boom boom Xhaka lacko boom boom

My sincere apologies, I just had to get these off of my chest

arseblog
Admin
3 years ago

Unforgiving crowd today 🙂

Liam Brady
Liam Brady
3 years ago

Do you want Xhaka to make love to you or marshal the midfield? With your song I can’t tell!

Indian Gooner
Indian Gooner
3 years ago

Welcome to Arsenal, Xhaka.

Rob Fuller
3 years ago

Looking forward to previewing him more in the Euros!

On another note – Mr Blogs – Just a heads up; I’d love to say how great your new site look is but for some reason it looks as scewed as Harry Kane’s gob on my browser – (I use Safari on Mac OSX) so I thought I’d let you know. Could be a fuck up my end but the last site was fine.

arseblog
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob Fuller

Clear the cache, then refresh 😉

Rob Fuller
3 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

THat’s done it – thank you sir!

Rob Fuller
3 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

Wow! Awesome new look!

Thisisme
Thisisme
3 years ago

Mushroom

Gooner
Gooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Thisisme

Let’s make it his chant please! Fantastic idea by blogs.

Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, Xhaka, MUSHROOM, MUSHROOM.

arseblog
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Gooner
zizou
zizou
3 years ago

Dont injured yourself at Euro please, i know you wont

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey
3 years ago

By all accounts, he’s better than Matic (at least last season), Schneiderling, Dyer and Fernandinho in his position. Only Kante comes close but he’s only proven over a 1-game a week season.

Not only that, we’ve got Coq as back up who is arguably as good as the afore mentioned names.

So Midfield sorted. Now for that Striker.

mashkeyboardgetusername
mashkeyboardgetusername
3 years ago

He has quite a good haircut. Not as good as Arteta’s, so we’ve definitely downgraded with this signing, but quite good.

(So how is “Xhaka” pronounced anyway?)

Rob Fuller
3 years ago

like the french say Jacque but with an Ah – I just keep getting ”I feel for you” by Chaka Khan when i read it… Xhaka-kan – Xhaka-kan Xhaka-kan….Xhaka-Xhaka….

But if you’re under 25 you probably won’t know it so Youtube it!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
3 years ago
Reply to  Rob Fuller

If that doesn’t end up his song I’m gonna be pissed off. Xhaka can Xhaka can, let him rock you, Xhaka can

mpls
mpls
3 years ago

I love the idea, but wonder how it’ll sound with masses of voices trying to sing it together.

Another mentioned earlier is stuck in my head though-
I can seriously hear “Ooga xhaka, ooga ooga ooga Xhaka” (x3) And then the crowd busts into the high note:

IIIIIII-I-IIII-I-IIIIII, Am Hooked on a feeeeliiiiing!
It’s spliced a touch, but it’s in my head.

mpls
mpls
3 years ago
Reply to  mpls
Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago
Reply to  mpls

I really like this idea.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight
3 years ago

I have just listened to an Albanian man reciting the sounds of the Albanian alphabet and can confirm that the sound of xh should be like the j in the English Jack rather than the J in the French Jacques.

Zh would make the sound of the J in the French Jacques.

Link if anyone is interested: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/albanian.htm

Charlotte
Charlotte
3 years ago

Granit Xhaka is announced just as the Football 365 website crashes.

Coincidence? Probably.

Super Joshi
3 years ago

SSN r tossers. 🙂 They made a point of saying he captained his team to 4th place and a CL position last season. Trolling the Arse already?

Anyway, will be nice to see some lumps kicked out of some of the rugby playing clubs. I remember when we had aplayer sent off regualry and would still win. That was badass.

Super Joshi
3 years ago
Reply to  Super Joshi

Obviously nostalgia affects my ability to spell.

BaldinhoAFC
BaldinhoAFC
3 years ago

Great news. Now watch him break his leg at the Euros! I jest. For all his DM qualities, looks like he’s got one hell of a strike on him, too: http://sport.bt.com/arsenal-fans-did-you-know-25m-new-boy-had-this-in-his-locker-91364064240868

Mills (N7)
Mills (N7)
3 years ago

Is it just me, or does his face look like a combination of Wilshere and Ramsey? Hopefully his footballing abilities will also be an amazing combination…

Carlos_Santana
Carlos_Santana
3 years ago

This is most pleasant.. I’m starting to get taste out of my food again..

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

Great to see such an early signing from Wenger, hope the additional signings are done early as well so we don’t have to hear about all the dumb rumors linking us to all kinds of players.

Jon D Barker
3 years ago

Coq number 27? At the end of the Arsenal ‘welcome Xhaka’ video, Coq is doing his talky bit suggesting you subscribe, with a 27 on his shirt

Clegooner
Clegooner
3 years ago

What’s that you say? A post about squad numbers is coming up???

Oh, boy! Cant wait

Campbell's forehead
Campbell's forehead
3 years ago

We have a lot of CM’s competing for a place now (providing they stay fit that is). I’m guessing Wenger sees Ramsey’s best position out wide which I feel will definitely benefit the team. He’s had some decent games in that position.

ger
ger
3 years ago

Dare I think that Arsene has finally copped on as to whats required to challenge for a title?
If we sign a top striker this summer, I for one will start to “believe” again.

Robstar
Robstar
3 years ago

Granit will be our rock in midfield…

Jozzer
Jozzer
3 years ago

Arsenal make £100m+

Ivan “invites” me to renew my season tickets.

We sign our third most expensive player ever.

Coincidence?

Welcome Xhaka please bring some Vieira bite into our midfield.

Alistair
Alistair
3 years ago

Dickie and the office boys doing their part. Solid effort lads.

Out of interest how is this allowed? Germany’s transfer window opens on the 1st of June and ours 1st July?