Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Arsenal Splash £33.1 million on Xhaka as Wenger Plans to Stop Iwobi’s Olympic Dream

Arsenal have made a statement of intent ahead of the coming season with the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach for a whopping £33.1 million.
Xhaka, 23, arrived at the club’s training ground on Friday to undergo a medical and put the final touches on a four-year deal before jetting out to join his Swiss teammates as they prepare for Euro 2016.
“I’m very proud to be joining Arsenal,” Xhaka told the club’s official website. “I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League.
“I will give everything to help Arsenal win trophies and make the fans happy.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger added: “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.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are set to spark a club-v-country row as they plan to stop Alex Iwobi from representing Nigeria at this summer’s Olympics.
This is coming after Wenger had agreed to allow the 19-year-old join up with his country, even though it would mean that he would miss the start of the new season.
But in his latest talks with Arsenal, Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia now claims that the London outfit are ready to make a U-turn on their decision.
“I went to Arsenal and I saw Richard Law and he said that we still need to look at [the possibilities of the player going to the Olympics or not],” Siasia told Goal.
“He said that he wants Iwobi to stay with Arsenal because they are having a new team and Alex is getting to play in the team for now.
“He said if he leaves to play for Nigeria at the Olympics how is he going to be a part of the team and maybe someone is going to take his position.
“I said, well we have to meet half way because we are trying to give Alex a platform to show himself in the Olympics and he has to look at it that way too.
“He said we should continue to talk and we would see what we would do.”

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