SWITZERLAND skipper Granit Xhaka took a parting shot at Arsenal ahead of his move to Roma.
Mikel Arteta’s side are open to allowing the 28-year-old to leave the club after five years.
WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our FREE fantasy football game
Granit Xhaka has not always enjoyed the best of times with Arsenal[/caption]
Jose Mourinho’s new side are close to agreeing a fee in the region of £17million for the midfielder.
And Xhaka, 28, couldn’t resist a dig at the Gunners when questioned about his own form, insisting ‘you’re only as good as your team’.
The bitter Gunners star said: “Football is a team sport and you’re only as good as your team.
“Of course, it was a good year for me personally. I’ve always played and performed.
“But the place at the end of the season is, of course, really bitter and disappointing for us.”
“There were certainly a number of issues that didn’t go optimally, but there is now no point in looking back.”
Xhaka has had a turbulent time in north London after telling fans to “f*** off” following being jeered off during a draw against Crystal Palace in 2019.
But the Switzerland captain actually had one of his better seasons in an Arsenal shirt, playing 45 times.
EURO 2020 BETTING SPECIAL
- Price boost: Get England to WIN Euro 2020 at 100/1
- England vs Croatia: Predictions and betting tips
- Top dog: Get Kane at 100/1 to win the golden boot
- Group kings: 30/1 on England to qualify for the knockouts
- Opening game: England 35/1 to beat Croatia
- Shirt deal: England 20/1 to wear white home shirt
Most read in Football
TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
Chelsea leading £56m Hakimi chase, Lionel Messi to Inter Miami EXCLUSIVE
RED DEVILS NEWS
Stunning £91m Jadon Sancho deal AGREED, Trippier £10m offer rejected
Italy vs Turkey team news, injury updates and odds as Euros get underway
Top Euro 2020 strikers I've managed from Ronaldo and Kane to Lukaku & Benzema
Man Utd expect to sign Sancho after Euros as star agrees huge £91m contract
EUR ALL INVITED
Euro 2020 is FINALLY here… read our ultimate guide to the footballing feast
The Swiss have reached the last-16 in their last three major tournaments and Xhaka believes they should not ruled out of this summer’s Euro 2020.
He added: “I am convinced that we have developed significantly over time. I personally associate consistently positive experiences with the last 10 years.
“Certainly there were disappointing moments in major tournaments, where we were partly unhappy. But otherwise I’m very happy about my time with this great team and I’m convinced that the development of this team is not over yet.”
Read our Football live blog for the very latest news from around the grounds
WIN £50,000 with Dream Team Euros
Dream Team Euros is HERE!
The best fantasy football game to accompany Euro 2020 has arrived.
And you can play absolutely FREE for your chance to win the £50,000 jackpot.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE!
Dream Team Euros
- £50,000 jackpot
- The best fantasy football game this summer
- Play in mini-leagues against your mates, colleagues, family members – and some hand-picked celebrities
- FREE to play