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

Well done!!

Jijo

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

Great signing!

Foreigngooner

Not a bad try, need some refining though.

LemmeTakeASzczelfie

How could you go past Xhakalin?!

'Murica

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

AMD the Gunner

you sir deserve a cookie

Xxxrob

It’s fuckin excellent

Bosscielny

Wow this came out of nowhere.

SB

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)

Now that caught me off guard!!

George

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

eternalflamini

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

kaius

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

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

Saffa Gooner

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

Boilk

And some of Ramsey as well 😉

Holyviper

Wishere and Christiano Ronaldo!

Newxieland

Boom Xhakalaka!

Myleftfoot

Welcome “Mr lover man”

“XHAKA”

ala Shabba Ranks

TommyGun

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

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

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

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

Bedlam

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

Arsene-al fan

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

Stewart Robson's therapist

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

It’s been done bro

MrTengan

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

LaLaLa

Damn it, Granit, I love you

Welbeck's hi top fade

I’m all for a rocky horror chant : )

WOS

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

vnet

Kinda looks like Superman (Henry Cavill).

Gooneron

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

Gooniegoogoo

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
Exiledgooner

But what do caughtoffside have to say on the matter?

Eyob

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

aaron

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

Andy Mack

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

DublinGooner

That came out of the blue

PGunner

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

Brendan

Mushrooooooooooooooooooooooooooom

Crash Fistfight

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

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

Or something.

JakeyBoy

Rock hard nipples

SOWETO GOONER

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

Harsh

the ones who are injured

_

But then who is going to play??

Dave M

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

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

Possession

My season ticket renewal form arrived this morning….

what a coincidence.

Daniel

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!

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!

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

Unforgiving crowd today 🙂

Liam Brady

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

Indian Gooner

Welcome to Arsenal, Xhaka.

Rob Fuller

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

Clear the cache, then refresh 😉

Rob Fuller

THat’s done it – thank you sir!

Rob Fuller

Wow! Awesome new look!

Thisisme

Mushroom

Gooner

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
zizou

Dont injured yourself at Euro please, i know you wont

Me So Hornsey

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

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

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

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

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
Arsepedant

I really like this idea.

Crash Fistfight

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

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

Coincidence? Probably.

Super Joshi

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

Obviously nostalgia affects my ability to spell.

BaldinhoAFC

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)

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

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

Mark

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

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

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

Oh, boy! Cant wait

Campbell's forehead

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

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

Granit will be our rock in midfield…

Jozzer

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

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?