Roma-linked Granit Xhaka leaving Arsenal this summer would ‘not be a blow at all’, says Kevin Campbell

Xhaka has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates
Xhaka has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)

Kevin Campbell says that if Arsenal were to lose Granit Xhaka this summer, it would ‘not be a blow’ in the slightest.

The 28-year-old’s future has been the subject of much speculation, with Jose Mourinho, who will take over at Roma ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, reportedly keen on bringing the midfielder with him.

Xhaka has been a regular feature at the Emirates under former managers Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery, and current boss Mikel Arteta.

Mourinho reportedly wants Mourinho at Roma (Picture: Getty Images)

However, with Arteta planning an overhaul of his squad this summer following his side’s eighth-placed finish in the Premier League, Xhaka is said to be one of the players expected to depart.

And ex-Gunners striker Campbell feels the north London club require an upgrade on Xhaka in midfield.

‘It would not be a blow at all if Granit Xhaka left,’ Campbell told Football Insider.

‘Look, he has been at the club five years and in that time the club haven’t qualified for the Champions League which is not good enough.

‘He had a decent half a season for us but the time has come for us to upgrade. It definitely needs to be done.

‘Italian football would suit him better I think. Selling him would give us a cash injection and that we can go out there and buy somebody else, somebody better.’

Responding to speculation linking him with a move to Roma, Xhaka told Blick last week: ‘Of course I read the rumours too. But now I’m one hundred percent focused on the national team. That’s more important than Arsenal or rumours right now.

‘I still have a two-year contract in London. And at Arsenal they know what they got in me. When the time comes and we can, may or have to talk about a transfer, I’ll be here.”

‘Honestly: I didn’t hear what Mourinho said. But that makes you proud. Everyone knows Mourinho, knows what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win titles. You can now see what work I have done over the past few years.’

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