Granit Xhaka completes his move to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach
Granit Xhaka has completed his move to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The Gunners announced the signing of the 23-year-old Swiss midfielder this morning, with Xhaka joining on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee. Media reports indicate the fee to be in the region of £30m.
Xhaka, who has 41 international caps for Switzerland, joined Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 from his hometown club FC Basel where he spent 10 years.
Xhaka won two Swiss League titles, and the Swiss Cup in a Double-winning season in 2011/12, during his time at Basel.
He captained Borussia Monchengladbach to fourth place in the Bundesliga last season and Champions League qualification in the past two seasons.
Arsène Wenger said of the signing:
“Grant 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.”
Posting on his Instagram feed Xhaka paid tribute to his former club and said it’s a big honour to be joining Arsenal:
“It’s official. From next season on I will play for Arsenal. I want to thank everyone at Borussia.
Together we brought the club back to where it belongs, to the Champions League. I will always look back with pleasure to that time. But from now on I’m totally focused on playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
It’s a big honour for me to wear the Arsenal jersey, as well as it has been an honour to play for Gladbach in the last four years. I hope we see each other again in the Champions League!”