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Arsenal midfielder dreams of Basel return

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Granit Xhaka ‘dreams’ of returning to Basel one day.

The Switzerland international joined the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 but started his career off at his boyhood club Basel before moving to the Bundesliga.

Speaking to Swiss newspaper Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, the midfielder said he would love to make a return to Basel, but not until he’s past the age of 30:

“Definitely. My career started here and there it is a goal, actually, my dream to return someday.

“That certainly won’t be the case at 28, I’ll be honest.

“It’ll probably be more like Alex Frei, who’s the best example of how to do it.

“He came back once he was in his thirties, but still performed and helped FCB win a few titles.

“Of course, the expectations are high when you come back again, but it is clearly a dream.”

Xhaka has started all of Arsenal’s 12 Premier League matches thus far and is highly thought of by Unai Emery.

However, a couple of errors in recent games – namely during the 2-2 away draw to Crystal Palace on October 28th and the 1-1 home draw with Wolves last Sunday – coupled with a few lacklustre displays in general, has caused some concern amongst the Emirates faithful with many believing its best that the club move him on.

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