Arsenal fans are desperate for Arsene Wenger to sign a quality outfield player in the summer.
So much so that they are judging Granit Xhaka’s latest social media activity as confirmation that he is signing for the Gunners.
The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has been heavily linked with the north London outfit and, though the Bundesliga club have denied a bid, you have to wonder why Xhaka is liking Mohamed Elneny’s Instagram photo of the Egyptian and Mesut Ozil at Arsenal’s charity ball dinner.
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It was reported on Tuesday that Arsenal want to sign the £35 million-rated player before Euro 2016, where Xhaka will represent Switzerland.
And as Wenger aims to strengthen his squad, the addition of an industrious midfielder like Xhaka is key. Gunners fans are eager for a new striker but they certainly won’t mind signing a player likened to a “young Schweinsteiger” by his former national coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld.
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Xhaka likes Elneny's Instagram post
Arsenal fans react
Liverpool have also been linked with the 23-year-old but it seems Arsenal are ahead in the race.
German football expert Raphael Honigstein reported on Tuesday that Wenger is willing to meet Monchengladbach’s demands, which reportedly stretch to £40m.
Honigstein tweeted: “A change of tack from Wenger? After having earlier offer rebuffed, he’s come back to pay full whack for Xhaka. (€50m, including add-ons).
“Gladbach are trying to get a replacement signed before announcing the deal.”
Reasons why Wenger wants Xhaka
Wenger’s desperation is no doubt a response to the ensuing exits of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini. All three are set to leave in the summer, meaning Arsenal will be light on midfielders.
It’s perhaps also a sign that the French manager understands just how important this summer is. This season’s failure to win the Premier League, despite Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all failing to mount a title charge, has left Wenger’s stance immensely perilous and there are increasing calls from Arsenal fans for his departure.
Wenger decided not to sign a single outfield player last summer and that ended up costing him dearly.
No bid has been made
Borussia face a struggle on their hands to keep the former Basel player around but the club’s sporting director claims no official bid has been lodged.
Max Eberl told Kicker, per Sky Sports: “There is no official offer, but Granit Xhaka is an issue. It's clear he has generated interest at other clubs.
"We have to wait and see what happens."
A midfield group consisting of Xhaka, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Elneny would put Arsenal in contention to end their long wait for the title; signing an elite striker could see them become favourites.