The summer soap opera in which the main roles were played by Arsenal, Roma, Granit Xhaka, and Jose Mourinho ended without the epilogue being announced for weeks. The Swiss midfielder from the ranks of the Premier League team in the previous period was brought into contact with the Roman club whose wish he was, but Mikel Arteta denied after the friendly match between Arsenal and Chelsea that there was a chance for the midfielder to change the environment.
"Granit Xhaka will stay with us. He is a key member of our team," said the strategist of Gunners. The Spanish strategist thus put an end to the controversy about the future of the football player whose departure from London this summer was almost certain.
England media, as well as the public in the Apennines, announced the transfer of Xhaka to Jose Mourinho's team, and it was estimated that Roma would have to set aside around 21,000,000 euros for his freedom. However, the status of the players has obviously changed in the meantime, which was confirmed by the fact that in the 40th minute of the control match against Chelsea, he got a chance, and he paid for the trust with a goal to equalize.
However, the goal was not enough for his team to avoid defeat, and the triumph of Blues(2: 1) was signed by Abraham with a goal in the 72nd minute.
The Romans recently sent an offer of 12,000,000 euros to the address of the club from London, with an additional three million through clauses, but Arsenal immediately after the negative answer to the same offered the midfielder a new contract, with better conditions until June 2025.
Xhaka started building his football career in Basel, from which he moved to Borussia Monchengladbach, and he borrowed the Arsenal jersey in the summer of 2016, with compensation of 45,000,000 euros. He has played 220 official matches in London so far and scored 13 goals with 20 assists.
Although he is often criticized and most fans do not want Xhaka to stay in the team, it seems that he will still be one of the main players in the midfield next season. Mourinho will have to try to find happiness somewhere else, and besides Xhake there are some other options.
It is certain that Mourinho cannot spend as much money as in previous clubs, but that will be an additional motive for him to show his greatness.