Arsenal agree personal terms with Borussia Monchengladbach's Granit Xhaka

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Finishing second in the Premier League would be regarded an excellent achievement for most football clubs - but not Arsenal.

The Gunners were widely expected to storm to the title this season yet a capitulation since the turn of the year saw their challenge wither away.

A big summer now awaits manager Arsene Wenger to right his many wrongs and bring in the world-class talent needed to end their 12-year wait.


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However, much to fans' delight, it seems the Frenchman has begun his transfer plans.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of big names over the past few weeks and it seems they're close to announcing their first signing.

According to Goal, Arsenal hope to confirm Granit Xhaka's arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach before Euro 2016 after the Swiss midfielder agreed to personal terms.

The 23-year-old is one of Europe's most highly-rated midfielders and would represent an improvement upon the vast majority of the Gunners' current crop of central players.

A transfer fee is yet to be agreed and Gladbach are reportedly stalling on the deal in a bid to find a replacement, but it appears Xhaka's heart is set on a move to the Emirates Stadium despite interest from Manchester City.

Securing the Switzerland international's signature will be a step in the right direction for Arsenal, who also need reinforcements at the back and going forward.

A new striker is what the north Londoners so desperately need following a season where Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have struggled for form.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a shock £30 million move down south, whilst Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich is also a reported target. The Poland international would cost the Gunners somewhere in the region of £50 million.

However, Arsenal's ability to keep hold of their star players could prove just as important as luring them.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez's futures are both in doubt following a trophyless season at the Emirates, with the latter a reported target of Paris Saint-Germain's.

In securing second, though, Arsenal might have just done enough to convince their star duo that a Premier League title is in the offing.

Since Ozil's arrival, the Gunners have improved their league finish every season.

Xhaka's seemingly imminent arrival all but rules out any move for Leicester City's N'Golo Kante, who has also been linked.

Including the Swiss, Arsenal would have six central midfielders in their ranks, including Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny.

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