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Granit Xhaka has been speaking to RP Online about his career plans, and it doesn’t sound like he has any intention of staying at Arsenal.

What’s the story?

Well, the £35m man seems keen to leave Arsenal when his contract expires in June 2024, and issued a come-and-get-me plea to his former side.

Xhaka said: “I never made the move from Borussia to Arsenal for the money; it was a dream for me to play in England. I have just extended my contract, which still has two and a half years to run. Then I’ll be 32, and if Max Eberl is willing to bring me back when I’m 32, my door will be open.”

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There you have it – the 29-year-old certainly doesn’t beat around the bush.

So far this season, the 98-cap Switzerland international has made just four Premier League appearances, due to suspension and injuries.

In his absence, the Gunners embarked on a ten-game unbeaten run across all competitions, winning eight of those matches.

That isn’t to say that Xhaka is the reason Arsenal lost their first three Premier League games of the season, but there’s certainly a correlation.

We don’t blame Granit Xhaka for wanting Arsenal exit

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Most players would say something along the lines of “we’ll see’ when asked about their future plans.

However, the fact Xhaka is certain he doesn’t want anymore time at Arsenal is telling of how he’s been treated at the Emirates Stadium.

There was the time where he was booed off the pitch during a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in October 2019.

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Xhaka, understandably, reacted angrily and walked straight down the tunnel, and to make matters worse, Unai Emery then stripped him of the captaincy.

Across his 225 appearances for Arsenal, he hasn’t been treated with much respect – you can certainly see why he’d rather leave north London than stay any longer.