Granit Xhaka (Albanian pronunciation: [ɡɾaˈnit ˈdʒaka]; born 27 September 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Arsenal and the Switzerland national team. Xhaka began his career at hometown club Basel, winning the Swiss Super League in each his first two seasons. He then moved to Bundesliga team Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012, developing a reputation as a technically gifted player and natural leader alongside criticism for his temperament. He was made captain of Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2015 at the age of 22, leading the team to UEFA Champions' League qualification for a second successive season. He completed a high profile transfer to Arsenal in May 2016 for a fee in the region of £30 million.
Considered one of the finest Swiss talents of his generation, he has been a full international for Switzerland since 2011, gaining more than 40 caps representing the team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.Close