Why Xhaka will only get better for Arsenal in the long run!

Granit Xhaka has had a good start to his Arsenal career having scored two magnificent goals in just a handful of games and has become a favourite amongst the fans. Calls to give Xhaka a starting position on the team against Chelsea were left unanswered by Arsene Wenger last weekend, however now that Francis Coquelin seems to be ruled out for the time being, Xhaka will finally get the chance to kickstart hopefully a long career with the club.

Arsenal are likely to give Xhaka a starting role against his old club Basel, where he initially broke onto the scene in European football. Xhaka will more than likely line up against his old side from the start, given that Coquelin is injured, as well as the fact that his recent performances have earned him a start on the pitch. Xhaka will not only be playing against his old side, but also his brother Taulant Xhaka, in a similar scenario to how the pair came face to face at this summer’s European Championships.

Ahead of the game, Granit’s brother had nothing by praise for his younger sibling, with Taulant feeling that Arsenal is a fantastic choice for Granit and ideal for his brother to make the step up in quality. Taulant Xhaka is quoted as saying: “He needs to be patient but he knows this and I am sure he can progress there.

“Arsene Wenger is a coach who takes a lot of young players – he gives them confidence and also tries to help them as people. It was the same when he moved to Germany, he needed time but he learnt a lot. He changed, became more self-confident, more open to people. It was a good step to join Arsenal. Granit is very comfortable, very integrated. He is very happy there and he has already scored some super goals.”

Taulant clearly recognises that Granit will get his chance under Wenger, despite a period of irregularity where he’s been used as a sub. It seems as if Granit has integrated well at the club already, both on the pitch and off it, which is good for bonding and confidence as a team. Xhaka is more than capable of becoming one of Arsenal’s leading players on the pitch in the coming years and although it’s still only early days into his Arsenal career, I think that he may end up shining a lot more than many originally expected. I know I for one have been left astonished by how quickly he has settled at Arsenal and the improvement in quality and ability he has brought to the team.

DONE DEAL! Now Elneny set for Arsenal debut in Stoke!

Arsenal have finally confirmed on the official website Arsenal.com that the club has now completed the first, and hopefully not the only, transfer of the winter window. The news about the Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny has been known for some time but there was a hold up while we got confirmation of a work permit being granted.

All that is sorted and the 23-year old has put pen to paper on his Arsenal contract and he could now be set to make his debut as a Gunner in the Premier League away match at Stoke City on Sunday. Arsene Wenger has suggested that he might need a bit more training before he plays and even spoke about the need to get match fit.

But as a report in The Guardian reveals, one of Elneny’s main assets is his fitness as he is known for an incredible energy and work rate and that could be just what the Gunners need at the Britannia Stadium where we are always put under great pressure.

The player himself spoke about his early life in Egypt where his father starting coaching him at a very young age and where he used to play all day in the streets, something he believes may have helped him with the tireless style that he is known for today.

Our new Gunner said, “As a kid, I often played for 10 hours on the street. I think that’s when I learned to run and run without a break.”

In his early years at Basel Elneny was a very disciplined and unadventurous holding midfielder but he has come out of his shell in the last couple of years and has developed into an intelligent and accomplished passer who also has an eye for goal, with six already this season.

In Stoke though, it will be his energy and fighting qualities that we need and I would not be surprised to see him play. Bit should the boss risk him from the start?

New Arsenal signing to start in FA cup v Sunderland?

According to the Arsenal transfer rumours the only thing holding up the signing of the Egyptian international from the Swiss club Basel was getting him a permit to play in the English Premier League. But with sports websites like Metro reporting that Mohamed Elneny will be in London today to complete the deal and put pen to paper, that permit must have been sorted.

Hopefully us Arsenal fans will get official confirmation of the successful transfer from the club tomorrow and I am sure that the player will want to get to work as soon as possible. And with Arsene Wenger facing a mini midfield injury crisis and with two games coming up I am sure that the boss would like his new player to be able to help.

The 23-year old is a central midfielder who plays in the holding role or the box-to-box position and with Arsenal expecting a second string Sunderland for the FA cup match at the Emirates on Saturday, will Wenger throw Elneny straight in at the deep end? And if so, which position do you think he should play?

Another early Arsenal transfer CONFIRMED for January

Including today there are three days left before the January transfer window opens and Arsenal start to spend money like a man with no arms (yeah right) but if previous transfer windows are anything to go by then us Arsenal fans will still be nervously waiting and hoping for a signing or two in about a month.

However, the manager did at least make an early move in the summer, bringing the brilliant and record breaking keeper Petr Cech to the club from Chelsea. And according to a Metro report we are set to get another early signing when the January transfer window opens.

This confirmation of an Arsenal transfer rumour comes straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak, as the Basel and Egypt international midfielder Mohamed Elneny has told the Egyptian press that he has already been through his medical with the Gunners and is set to put pen to paper on his contract as soon as possible.

The 23-year old is a talented and versatile midfielder who will hopefully ease the problems facing the club due to the absence through injury of Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky. Once that deal is done, who will be next on Wenger’s transfer list?

Are these the 2 transfers Arsenal have ready for January?

Arsenal fans everywhere are crossing their fingers and hoping for some good business to be done by Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal scouting and transfer team when the January transfer window opens in about five weeks time. It seems that the club has money and the Frenchman has already admitted that he is looking to sign a defender at the very least.

Most fans, pundits and former players think we need more than that, however, with a tough tackling, workaholic, combative midfielder the top of most of their lists. And according to the latest transfer rumours, the Gunners may already have these two positions sorted out with the transfer of the players in a very advanced state.

The centre back, according to Metro, is going to be the Switzerland international Fabian Schar. The 22-year old is in action tonight as his current club Basel travel to Real Madrid in a good position to claim the second group spot ahead of Liverpool. But Schar has already declared his intention to move on to bigger things and the report claims that Arsenal will be the club to sign him in a £9.5 million deal.

And we could also be the club that Joao Moutinho is looking to join, as the Portuguese midfielder has put in a transfer request at his French club AS Monaco, says another Metro report. He cost them around £25 million last summer but the 28-year old is not happy that Falcao and James Rodriguez have gone and the team is struggling. I don’t think he would risk angering the fans and his club bosses unless he was confident that someone was going to try to sign him in January.

Could that somebody be Arsenal?

Is £10m transfer bid enough for Arsenal to sign top defender?

If this latest Arsenal transfer runour is true, it could be the answer to the Gunners’ current defensive troubles and could mean that Arsenal will be much stronger in the latter part of the season and perhaps be able to mount a proper Premier League title challenge.

But it will not help the Gunners in the Champions League, because Fabian Schar is already cup-tied after starring for his Swiss club Basel, who look set to beat Liverpool into the knockout phase. But even though his club are doing very well in Europe, Schar has indicated that he is ready to leave, according to a Metro report, and that has alerted Arsenal who are now preparing a £10 million bid for the defender in the January transfer window.

The 22-year old centre back is also wanted by a number of clubs around Europe, but the report claims that he is very keen on a move to north London to play at the Emirates. So the question now is will the Arsenal bid of £10 million will be enough for Basel to sell?