Arsenal’s new manager Mikel Arteta has handed Celtic an unlikely boost ahead of the January transfer window after ex-Gunners captain, Granit Xhaka agreed to join Hertha Berlin.
The Swiss midfielder was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy after reacting to being substituted and remonstrating with the Emirates support before throwing his jersey onto the touchline as he headed up the tunnel. Ex-Man City Assistant Arteta has clearly decided that he doesn’t want a player like this around his new team and has sanctioned the move to the Bundesliga.
Granit Xhaka has agreed terms with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to the Arsenal midfielder's agent.
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However, this move could be exciting news for Celtic as Hertha Berlin were one of the prominent clubs chasing the signature of Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama. Arsenal’s North London rivals are keen to offload the Kenyan midfielder and Neil Lennon could benefit from a reunion with the 28-year-old.
Last week, Hertha Berlin boss Jurgen Klinsmann was said to be considering a move for Wanyama; however now that Xhaka appears to be swapping one capital city for another, it would appear that the vacancy in the Berlin midfield has been filled.
This is an excellent bit of news for Celtic fans as the prospect of Wanyama returning creeps towards reality with various pieces of the puzzle falling into place.
Wanyama’s arrival could give Scott Brown and Callum McGregor a rest in the centre of the Celtic midfield as well as giving a physical dimension for tough away games both domestically and in Europe.
It will be interesting to see how the Wanyama transfer saga pans out and it would be nice for Jose Mourinho and a former Rangers midfielder to be helping Celtic in their quest for further success.