Date: 16th May 2023 at 7:13pm
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Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League title for the first time in two decades have been left in tatters after a 3-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. 

Roberto De Zerbi’s side scored three second-half goals to earn a memorable victory at The Emirates, leaving Mikel Arteta’s side four points behind reigning champions Manchester City.

The result effectively ended Arsenal’s hopes of lifting the trophy, with City now needing just one win from their final three league matches to be crowned champions.

Now, it appears that Arsenal could soon face yet more bad news with one of their most important players set to depart the club.

As per 90min, the club have told midfielder Granit Xhaka that he can leave The Emirates this summer following a breakdown in talks between the two parties.

Xhaka’s current contract with Arsenal is set to expire next summer and the club had been hopeful that they would be able to agree an extension.

It is claimed, though, that the midfielder pulled out of talks with his current employers in order to assess his options elsewhere.

Xhaka is now expected to leave Arsenal this summer

Following that, Arsenal decided that Xhaka would be free to leave the club during the upcoming transfer window as they look to sell him, rather than losing him for free next year.

With that in mind, talks have begun between Xhaka’s representatives and German club Bayer Leverkusen, with a view to completing a deal worth in the region of £13 million.

Xhaka, 30, joined Arsenal from German club Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 and has since made 295 appearances for his current side.

In 2019, he looked set to depart the club after being booed off the pitch and subsequently stripped of the captaincy.

This term, though, the Swiss midfielder has played a pivotal role for Arteta’s side, making 45 appearances across all competitions.

Monchengladbach and fellow German club Borussia Dortmund are believed to have shown an interest in signing Xhaka, but the report claims that the player’s preference is to join Leverkusen.

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