Granit Xhaka Is Officially A Gooner and KITTEN ALERT!!

Morning, folks.

Today’s entry will be short and sweet as, to be quite honest, I’m bloody exhausted. One of the perils of being a Chef running a kitchen is that every so often the elements conspire and you find your self working stupidly long hours. I’m currently a sleep deprived zombie, aimlessly shambling about the house hoping for a welcome bust of energy.

It helps matters that noteworthy stories are at a premium, other than the obvious. By now, you’ll all be fully aware we have tied-up our first significant arrival of the close season. Granit Xhaka is officially a Gooner.

Signing from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee estimated to be in the region of £35m, Xhaka will add fight to midfield and fight is something we’ve sorely lacked in that area for quite some time. Even with my limited knowledge of the player  – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him kick a ball in anger – from what I can gather having looked around, Xhaka is not the type to shy away from the hurly-burly elements and will suit the aggressive nature of the Premiership.

When quizzed about joining Arsenal, our new Swiss friend had these words to say:

“I’m very proud to be joining Arsenal. I cannot wait to move to London, represent this special club and play in the Premier League. I will give everything to help Arsenal win trophies and make the fans happy”

I’ve just pasted that from the article running on Arsenal’s official website and further down the page there’s this very handy little picture that display’s Xhaka’s performance stats during his time in Germany. Given that I have no shame whatsoever, I’m going to steal that too..

No I’m not… Those bastards won’t let me. F*ck it… Here’s a picture of a kitten instead.


Seriously, though – if you’re at all interested in that sort of thing (player stats, not kittens), check out this handy link which has everything you’d need to know.

With business done this early, the possibility of further additions looks increasingly likely. Most news outlets will have you believe we’ve copious amounts of cash just lying around and we’ll be splurging it with carefree abandon. Admittedly, we’ve heard all that before. Perhaps it’s the optimist in me that believes this summer will be different. The signs are looking good. We’ve signed someone who looks to be a quality player and we’ve got in there and done it before any complications arise. Just what the doctor ordered. Now let’s get some more.

That’s all from me today, folks. The comments await your thoughts on the signing. Are you elated or solemn? Either way, share with me your opinion of Granit Xhaka’s arrival and where you’d like us to go from here. I’ll look forward to reading them.

I shall return tomorrow with more. Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

5 thoughts on “Granit Xhaka Is Officially A Gooner and KITTEN ALERT!!”

  1. I’m not elated at all but still recovering from the shock of not winning it last season even though there was hardly any competitors! How can Xhaka change that when the competition this season will be most fierce, from Conte Chelsea, Man Jose, Pep City, Klopp Pool, Pot Spuds and let’s not forget tranced up Leicester City! Besides I can’t see Wenger winning anything even if he has Ronaldo, Pogba, Messi, Neymar and Suarez all in the same team. He just doesn’t have a winner’s mentality. Sorry but that’s how I see it hence my lack of elation, good signing no doubt!!!

  2. Hey, First off, ‘kitten pic !!!’ – Good one 🙂 That was a pleasant surprise from someone as as you mentioned ‘ sleep deprived zombie’.

    Regarding Xhaka’s arrival, we have a good midfield atleast on paper and this lad’s arrival is only bound to make us stronger in that region.

    Two major concerns still to be addressed :
    1. Mertesacker who my friends and I loving call “Daddy Long Legs” (again, with love) once an incredible player who’s only getting slower and shabbier at his performances with age and Gabriel is decent but not decent enough.
    The news of us bidding on someone like a Benatia is relieving. (Fingers Crossed).

    2. Our beloved striker – Giroud. What I’ve seen is that the only thing that he is consistent in these days is in trimming his beard every alternate weekend and nothing more…
    For this reason, I have taken a vow to shave off my beard (which I have been taking care of for about 3 years now) when Giroud is replaced with a better striker (i mean an actual STRIKER) perhaps someone a guy of Spanish nationality and whose name starts with ‘M’ and ends with an ‘A’ 😉 But like every season, I am prepared to be disappointed following the transfer deadline day where I drive to the nearest supermarket and buy another 3 months supply of hair oil for my beard…

    Last but not the least, I read your post on Goonersphere on the 5 awards … Loved it… But I have to say Ox-Chambo may have been inefficient this season but personally, I’ve been a big fan of him since the past couple of years and it would be painful to see him being taken away to Leicester.. 🙁

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