Granit Xhaka looks to have taken one last swipe at his Arsenal team-mates after suggesting he can “only be as good as the team”.
The Gunners struggled for large periods last season and endured a two-month winless sequence in the league during November and December.
Inconsistencies ultimately cost them European football and Mikel Arteta is set to lead a summer overhaul.
Xhaka looks to be the first man out the door as he edges towards a move to Roma.
The Swiss star had been a favourite under Arteta with the Arsenal boss convincing him to stay when he looked set to leave back in January 2020.
Xhaka has been happy with his personal displays in the middle of the pitch and felt as if he’d performed consistently.
That said, he appeared to take aim at his Gunners colleagues for undermining his efforts.
He told Blick : “Football is a team sport and you’re only as good as your team. Of course, it was a good year for me personally, I’ve always played and performed, but the place at the end of the season is, of course, really bitter and disappointing for us”.
He then added: “There were certainly a number of issues (last season) that didn’t go optimally, but there is now no point in looking back”.
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Xhaka is closing in on an €18m switch to Serie A with Arteta looking to raise funds for summer deals.
Ruben Neves has been touted as his replacement with the Portugal midfielder reportedly keen to leave Wolves.
Xhaka will link up with Jose Mourinho at the Stadio Olympico as the Special One gets stuck into his new role at the Serie A outfit.
The Portuguese manager heaped praise on the 28-year-old back in 2019.
He said: “Xhaka is the main man in the entire Arsenal midfield, you can’t see it unless I lend you one of my eyes.
“Without him, Arsenal is lost. He is a leader. Remember, mistakes are made by humans.”
Xhaka has been equally complimentary about Mourinho, who is looking to bounce back following a difficult spell at Tottenham.
“Honestly, I didn’t hear what Mourinho said, but that makes you proud“, he said.
“Everyone knows Mourinho and what he has achieved. Mourinho knows how to win trophies.
“You can now see what work I have done over the past few years.“