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Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer and defends Mesut Ozil

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first_imgGranit Xhaka says it would be a ‘great loss’ if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)Granit Xhaka admits it would be a ‘great loss’ for Arsenal if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was to leave the club and has defended ‘positive’ Mesut Ozil.Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 61 goals in 97 matches for the Gunners.Despite his influence at the Emirates, Aubameyang is being strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2021.The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona have expressed interest in signing the 30-year-old, with Arsenal currently considering whether to sell him this summer or risk losing the forward for free in 12 months’ time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about the speculation linking Aubameyang with a move, Arsenal midfielder Xhaka told SportBild: ‘If that were to happen, it would, of course, be a great loss for the team and the club.‘Auba is always dangerous and always good for a goal, and as a guy, he’s also really great.‘He is always positive, optimistic, helpful and very professional.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 May 2020 12:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.3kShares Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer and defends Mesut Ozil Advertisement Former Arsenal captain Xhaka has also defended Mesut Ozil (Picture: Getty)Xhaka, who was replaced by Aubameyang as Arsenal captain earlier in the season, has also defended Ozil.The German playmaker often attracts criticism over his perceived lack of effort but Xhaka said: ‘I see him here as a very positive, likeable colleague.‘He is an extremely down-to-earth guy, always ready to help, and he works hard in training and in my opinion he really enjoys football.‘When Mesut is in form, he is, of course very important to us and can always make the difference. We really don’t have to discuss his footballing skills here.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal consider swapping Lacazette for Atletico Madrid midfielderMORE: Arsenal make enquiry to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby Advertisement Commentlast_img read more