Granit Xhaka tests COVID-19 positive, Roma chief opens up on failed transfer

Granit Xhaka of Arsenal against West Ham United
Granit Xhaka of Arsenal against West Ham United /IMAGO

 Xhaka tests COVID positive on international duty

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty.

The 28-year-old midfielder will now face 10 days of self-isolation in Switzerland and the news has been confirmed by the Swiss FA on their official Twitter account.

The midfielder will miss the game against Greece and it will be interesting to see if he can get over his symptoms in the next 10 days.

The midfielder is set to undergo another PCR test on Thursday.

Xhaka’s situation is unlikely to affect Arsenal because the midfielder is already missing their Premier League game against Norwich City after picking up a suspension.

A statement from the Swiss FA read: “Xhaka was diagnosed with symptoms on the morning of the game and was immediately isolated in his room. A quick test turned out negative, the subsequent PCR test, carried out to be on the safe side, produced a positive result in the evening. Xhaka stayed out of touch with his teammates all day. He will do another PCR test on Thursday.”

Roma chief opens up on Xhaka transfer

Meanwhile Roma director Tiago Pinto has revealed that the Swiss international wanted to join the club this summer but he was forced to stay at the London club.

“We bought so many players but everyone asks me about the midfielder,” said Tiago Pinto (via Gianluca Di Marzio). 

“Everyone knows we wanted Xhaka. He wanted to come to Roma but Arsenal didn’t release him. This is my regret for this transfer window.” 

Xhaka was linked with a move to Roma for weeks before the transfer collapsed and he ended up signing a new deal with the Gunners.

The midfielder was in exceptional form during the European Championships and it is understandable why Arsenal were keen to hold on to him.

However, the Gunners have started the season poorly and it is their worst start to a league campaign in nearly 70 years.

Xhaka has struggled to replicate his form from Euro 2020 as well and he was recently handed a red card against Manchester City.