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Xhaka reveals how he feels about possibly facing Arsenal in UCL next season

Arsenal former midfielder Granit Xhaka has opened up on how he feels about the possibility of facing Arsenal in next season’s UEFA Champions League campaign.

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Former Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has shared his thoughts on the possibility of facing his former club in the Champions League next season. The Swiss international, who now plays for Bayer Leverkusen, expressed mixed feelings about a potential reunion with the Gunners.

When asked how it would feel to be drawn against Arsenal, Xhaka was candid in his response. “If I’m honest, I don’t want to play against them. Everyone knows what a beautiful seven years I had there, but if it’s so, for sure, to enjoy it,” Xhaka told BR Sport. His comments reflect the deep connection he still feels with Arsenal, where he spent a significant and memorable part of his career.

The 2023/24 season saw Arsenal finish in 2nd place in the Premier League with 89 points, narrowly missing out on the title to Manchester City, who finished with 91 points. Despite the near miss, the Gunners have secured a spot in the Champions League, setting the stage for potential high-profile clashes in the upcoming campaign.

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka’s move to Bayer Leverkusen has been fruitful, with his new team winning this year’s Bundesliga trophy. This success has further cemented Xhaka’s reputation as a pivotal player, capable of influencing outcomes at the highest level of European football.

The prospect of Arsenal facing Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League adds an intriguing narrative to next season’s competition. Xhaka’s sentiment highlights the emotional aspect of football, where professional commitments sometimes intersect with personal bonds and memories.

If the draw does indeed bring Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen together, it will undoubtedly be a special occasion for Xhaka and the fans of both clubs. While Xhaka may prefer to avoid the fixture, his professionalism and competitive spirit will ensure he gives his all if the matchup becomes a reality.

As both teams prepare for the new season, the potential clash serves as a reminder of the interconnected nature of football careers and the enduring bonds formed along the way.

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