Ian Wright has admitted there is “no way” Arsenal should be selling Granit Xhaka based on his fabulous form at Euro 2020.
Xhaka, 28, is expected to join Serie A side AS Roma following Switzerland’s Euros campaign, bringing an end to his five-year stint at Emirates stadium.
The Swiss captain, who joined the north London club from Monchengladbach, endured a turbulent spell in London, playing more than 200 times for Arsenal.
The midfielder, who often flattering to deceive and falling out with the club’s supporters, enjoyed an impressive European Championship campaign.
However, Ian Wright says he was ‘magnificent’ in Switzerland’s brilliant victory over World Cup holders France earlier in the week.
Xhaka’s performance was bittersweet for Wright and many Arsenal fans who rarely saw the midfielder dominate matches for the Gunners, and are now braced for his departure from the Emirates.
‘That is the best I’ve ever seen him [Xhaka] play’, said Wright.
‘I feel for him because he’s someone I’ve been very critical of in the past and when you see a performance like, do you blame him or the coaches for not getting those performances out of him in the past?
‘I have never seen him used to that effect. There’s no way Arsenal should be selling a player that can play like that, at that level.
‘So unfortunately for us it looks like he is going but I’m delighted for him because he’s answered a lot of critics. He was magnificent.’
On his own Ringer FC podcast, Wright added: ‘Can I say something about Granit Xhaka? I was delighted to see how well he played, that’s the best I’ve ever seen him play.
‘He was everywhere, he done everything and it looks like he’s probably going to Roma. He’s not been my favourite player but what we saw in that game was a complete midfielder who was used properly.
‘Seeing him play that well and knowing what we need at Arsenal, it’s a shame we never got performances like that for whatever reason. It’s a shame.’