GRANIT XHAKA admits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving would be a “great loss” for Arsenal and has hit back at Mesut Ozil’s critics.
And as Aubameyang enters the final year of his contract, Switzerland midfielder Xhaka knows speculation over the 30-year-old’s future will only increase.
He said of the Gabon star’s possible departure: 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.”
“He is extremely down-to-earth, always ready to help, and he works hard in training.”When in form, he is very important to us and can always make the difference.”
Granitt Xhaka on Mesut Ozil
But whereas Aubameyang’s displays have met with widespread approval from Arsenal fans, Ozil’s form and even commitment in the past couple of years has received mixed reviews at best
The ex-Germany playmaker enjoyed something of a revival in the last month before the coronavirus halted football action in March.
But at 31, and topping the club’s age bill on £350,000 a week, he has still been under a harsh microscope.
Xhaka, though, believes Ozil remains a fine example to his team-mates on and off the field.
He 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.”