The signing Granit Xhaka today is Arsenal’s first foray into the transfer market this summer, and it certainly won’t be the last.
The 24 year old Senegal international has had an excellent season in Serie A after a difficult first campaign following his move from Genk in 2014, and could command a fee of £20m.
At 6’5 he would add height and physicality to the Arsenal defence, and with Wenger looking to reinforce in that area he ticks a lot of the right boxes. Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are both over 30, with the German heading into the final year of his contract.
Gabriel hasn’t quite made the progress everybody expected this season, while fourth choice Cakum Chambers hardly played at all.
The Gunners are also interested in Bolton’s 20 year old player of the season Rob Holding, but it looks like there’s definite interest in this area.
We’ll give this one a 6 poo rating to begin with – let’s see where it ends up.