Arsenal must offload Granit Xhaka in January or risk their campaign degenerating into further chaos.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the damaged caused by the former club captain.
The midfielder is expected to exit north London when the transfer window reopens after storming off the pitch and telling fans to ‘**** off’ when substituted off in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that there has been a further twist in Xhaka’s situation when Gunners scouts headed to Cardiff on Tuesday to watch midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai in action against Wales.
The teenage star is already a regular for Liverpool’s Champions League group opponents Salzburg and is regarded by Arsenal as a January target capable of replacing Xhaka.
“I’m not surprised Arsenal are looking for a Xhaka replacement,” Whelan told Football Insider. “The sooner they get one in the better, as Xhaka has to go in January.
“That might be on loan, as I can’t see Arsenal getting back the £35m they paid for him.
“He is just embarrassing. I have no sympathy for him. His conduct towards the fans was a disgrace. It shows he’s a big baby.
“If Arsenal can find a buyer or a loan club willing to pay his wages, I would definitely get rid. He must be binned, not just because of what he did, but because he’s been bang average since he signed.
“His performances have been inconsistent, he doesn’t dominate games and doesn’t turn up against the strong teams.
“Arsenal have persisted with him long enough. I’m just surprised they haven’t signed a better midfielder before.”
Xhaka, 27, was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after his outburst to fans.
He has been a mainstay of the Gunners team since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016 for a fee of around £35million.
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