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Arsenal make statement of intent with first big signing

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Granit Xhaka is a Gunner
Granit Xhaka is a Gunner

Arsenal have sealed their first big signing of the summer, with the confirmation that they have snapped up Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach a statement of intent from boss Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners manager came under fire in the final weeks of the Premier League season, as his side’s latest title defence fell flat and call for him to bring down the curtain on his enduring reign at the club reached boiling point.

Yet Wenger has insisted that he will see out the final year of his current Arsenal contract, with his move to sign Swiss midfielder Xhaka for a deal believed to be worth around £25m evidence that he is prepared to respond to the call to spend big this summer in a bid to take his side to the next level.

Xhaka, who has made 41 international appearances for Switzerland, joined Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 from his home town club FC Basel where he spent 10 years, progressing through the youth ranks.

During his time with Basel, Xhaka won two Swiss League titles and the Swiss Cup in a Double-winning season in 2011/12.

“Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience,” stated Wenger.

"We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad.

"We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.”

Wenger will be looking to move his plans for next season into overdrive in the next couple of weeks, with several of his Premier League rivals in the process of managerial changes that will curtail their transfer activity.

Xhaka's arrival at Arsenal should add steel to the Gunners midfield line-up, after a season when Wenger's side were exposed for having a soft centre in their line-up as they failed to sustain a title challenge.