Granit Xhaka has left Arsenal and signed for German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee.
The midfielder, who joined the Gunners in May 2016 and made 297 appearances in all competitions, scoring 23 goals and assisting 29 times, leaves the Emirates after a turbulent season in which he came close to winning the Premier League title. Xhaka won two FA Cup titles and the FA Community Shield twice during his time with the club.
297 appearances. 23 goals. 29 assists. Two FA Cups. And one inspirational story.
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After several weeks of speculation regarding his future, the club has confirmed that he will join Xabi Alonso’s side, subject to medical and official confirmation.
Speaking about his exit, the club’s sporting Director Edu said: “Granit has been a big part of our club for a long time. He has given us great commitment and quality over the years, playing such an important role in our progression and success. He leaves us with our huge respect and thanks. We wish Granit all the best for the future.”
Head coach Mikel Arteta added: “We are saying goodbye to a fantastic player and person loved by all of us. It has been an incredible journey together for him, and he has given absolutely everything for this club. The influence Granit has had on his teammates on the pitch and colleagues at the club will tell you just how popular he is.
“We cannot thank Granit enough for his service and contribution to this club over the years. We wish Granit and his family all the best in the next step of their lives.”
A club’s statement also read: Everyone at Arsenal thanks Granit for his contribution during his seven years with us and wish him and his family the best of health and happiness in the future.