Granit Xhaka ‘cried tears of joy’ when he left Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen transfer
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Granit Xhaka ‘cried tears of joy’ when he left Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen transfer

Nov 9, 2023

Granit Xhaka has admitted that his move to Bayer Leverkusen from Arsenal made him so happy he cried.

The midfielder joined the Gunners in 2016 and while at times he had a volatile relationship with fans, he became a key part of their midfield towards the end his spell in north London.

Xhaka ended his seven-year spell at Arsenal in the summer transfer window

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Xhaka ended his seven-year spell at Arsenal in the summer transfer windowCredit: Getty

Arsenal came close to winning the Premier League title last season and Xhaka was a huge contributing factor to their second place finish.

However, he decided to call an end to his time at the club in July by signing for Bundesliga side Leverkusen.

It seems as though he was desperate for a return to the German top flight having previously played for Borussia Monchengladbach.

Speaking to Leverkusen’s TV show The Werkself Friend Book, he said: “I’m a very emotional person, I like to cry and I’m not ashamed of it.

“Of course, I also cried for joy at times. For example, when I made my transfer here to Leverkusen.”

He added: “I also cried tears of joy because I really wanted to go back. I think it’s also part of it as a person.”

Xhaka played four seasons at Monchengladbach before he signed for Arsenal in the summer of 2016 in a deal worth around £30million.

The Swiss international scored 23 goals in 297 appearances for the Gunners and won two FA Cup titles.

He has revealed his delight at returning to Germany by joining Leverkusen

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He has revealed his delight at returning to Germany by joining LeverkusenCredit: Getty
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His spell at the club was not void of controversy though, with a home clash against Crystal Palace in 2019 seeing Xhaka be heavily criticised.

Some Arsenal fans cheered when it was announced that he was being substituted during the game and he responded with sarcastic gestures.

Xhaka also appeared to shout ‘f*** off’ to fans, was stripped of the captaincy soon after and speculated to leave in the coming window.

However, Mikel Arteta restored him to the first-team picture when he arrived as boss and the midfielder went on the shine for the club.

His spell at Leverkusen has been successful so far with the club sitting top of the Bundesliga ahead of Bayern Munich.

Xhaka has made 14 starts in 15 appearances for the club and is yet to taste defeat in all competitions under Xabi Alonso’s management.


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