Arsenal fans have reacted to the news that Newcastle United are keen on Granit Xhaka. 

According to The Times, the Magpies are ready to make a move for the Swiss star, with the Gunners expecting the former skipper to pursue an Emirates exit in the new year. 

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Xhaka was recently stripped of the captain’s armband after his reaction to a section of fans booing him off against Crystal Palace last month. 

The report also states that the 27-year-old is worried that his absence from Emery’s side will affect his potential chances of playing in next year’s European Championships with Switzerland. 

The story was picked up by @GurjitAFC, who shared the news on Friday morning. 

As expected, it caused plenty of reaction on social media, and these Arsenal fans couldn’t help but laugh. 

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The links certainly got us off guard, but a move is definitely a realistic prospect. 

Xhaka wants regular game time ahead of next summer’s European Championships, something he would probably get at St James’ Park. 

He’d still be plying his trade in one of the best leagues in the world, so a move could actually make sense for everyone involved. 

Would you like to see Xhaka leave for Newcastle?