Ricardo Rodriguez hints at desire to link up with Granit Xhaka; targeting Arsenal move?

Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez in action with Manchester United's Jesse Lingard

The Switzerland international admits the thought of uniting with his compatriot is "exciting".

Ricardo Rodriguez scores the first goal for Wolfsburg from the penalty spot

Wolfsburg and Switzerland left-back Ricardo Rodriguez has suggested that he has his eyes on a move to Arsenal this summer, telling Swiss outlet Tagesanzeiger that the thought of uniting with compatriot Granit Xhaka is "exciting", as quoted by the London Evening Standard.

Midfielder Xhaka became Arsene Wenger's first signing of the summer in a £34 million from Borussia Monchengladbach last week to bolster the Gunners midfield.

His Switzerland teammate and roommate Rodriguez has become one of Europe's most hotly-tipped left-backs over the last few years, combining superb athleticism with terrific ability from set-piece situations, and is an accomplished player in both defence and going forward.

Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez in action with Manchester United's Jesse Lingard

The 23-year-old, who was named Swiss footballer of the year in 2014, is thought to have attracted the eye of numerous suitors and reportedly has a release clause in his contract worth £19 million, a pretty reasonable fee for such a talented player arguably yet to even hit his prime.

Though he is likely to have no shortage of offers, it appears as though the man himself would favour a move to Arsenal to play alongside his friend and compatriot Xhaka at club level for the first time.

Rodriguez told Tagesanzeiger, as quoted by the Standard: "That would be exciting, yes, especially because the room arrangement at Arsenal would be fixed as well. [Staying at Wolfsburg is] "not impossible, but unrealistic."

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka after the match

Wolfsburg do not have any form of European football to offer next season after finishing down in eighth in the Bundesliga this term, and Rodriguez is likely to be a major star to leave the Volkswagen Arena.

Arsenal already have Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs as options at left-back, but with Gibbs injury-stricken again this year, another more reliable player to vie for the spot with Monreal would be a big boost for the Gunners.

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