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Three midfielders Arsenal should target to replace departing former skipper Granit Xhaka

Bengaluru, Dec 29: Granit Xhaka is having a troublesome time at Arsenal. The Swiss international has not only lost his captaincy but also his place in the Arsenal lineup. And, it is a general consensus that the 27-year-old will leave the club soon. Recent reports claim that newly-appointed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen on keeping the Swiss midfielder but it is unlikely that Xhaka has a long future at the Emirates.

Arsenal already have a lack of depth in the middle of the park and they would be further stretched in the middle of the park if Xhaka leaves. If the 27-year-old indeed leaves the club, Arsenal must bring in a solid replacement of the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder. And in this article, we will look at three options Arsenal should look at.

Xhaka has agreement to join Hertha Berlin, says agent

Denis Zakaria - Borussia Monchengladbach

Arsenal could raid Borussia Monchengladbach once again to replace the midfielder they signed from the German giants a few years back. Xhaka's international teammate Denis Zakaria could prove to be a solid replacement of the former Arsenal skipper.

Zakaria is an all-action midfielder who can defend as well as contribute in the attack. Blessed with a tremendous industry, the 23-year-old is someone who would provide a great deal of quality to the Arsenal midfield. Zakaria could be a brilliant addition to the Arsenal midfield comprising of young players like Matteo Guezdouzi and Lucas Torreira.

Piotr Zielinski - Napoli

Zielinski is a player who has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs over the years but for the first time ever it seems that Napoli are willing to cash in on the Polish superstar. Zielinski would be a bit more adventurous replacement of Xhaka. They are not necessarily the similar type of players but Zielinski would provide Arsenal a great deal of quality in his own right.

The 25-year-old is a versatile midfielder who can play either as a number eight or a number ten and can even feature on the flanks and adding such a player to Arsenal's books would be a great deal by Mikel Arteta.

John McGinn - Aston Villa

John McGinn has been one of the best players outside the big six clubs this season. Although this is the Scot's first-ever season in the Premier League, he has already made a mark for himself and has done enough to keep his Premier League status even if Aston Villa fails to survive at the end of the season. Arsenal should definitely take a look at the 25-year-old if they look to bolster their midfield.

McGinn is not only a creative and goal-scoring midfielder but also must be hailed for his exceptional rise to prominence from a lower league and Arsenal will benefit from having such a passionate player in their ranks.

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Story first published: Sunday, December 29, 2019, 13:01 [IST]
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