Arsenal have received another major boost amid speculations that they are on the verge of signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, after Borussia Monchengladbach’s director of sports, Max Eberl, admitted that he was worried the player would make a move at the end of the season, while the player joked about the shirt number he would pick were he to seal a move to Arsenal.
The Borussia Monchengladbach captain revealed his desire to play in the Premier League and admitted that he’s targeting Francis Coquelin’s No. 34 Jersey at Arsenal, during an interview with German outlet Tor Fabrik.
“That  was my first professional number at Basel. It’s even tattooed on my back. I would also like to wear it in the future,’ he said.
When asked what he would do if Arsenal came calling, and the No. 34 Jersey is already assigned to someone else.
“It was also here in Gladbach, with Amin Younes. And at Arsenal Coquelin has it,” he said, displaying a moving understanding of the Gunners’ squad numbers in the process, he answered.
“I’ve spoken with him (Coquelin), he would like to take another number.”
Although his last statement was taken as a joke, the midfielder went ahead to reveal his ambitions to play in the Premier League.
“I have a childhood dream, that is the Premier League,” he explained.
“Whether I play two or a hundred games in England, I would like to eventually make this childhood dream come true.”
Speaking of his worries about Xhaka’s possible exit, Max Eberl said: “I don’t know what will happen in the summer. There are always situations a club has to give consideration to. It depends on our sporting success; it depends on the performance of Granit.
In another interview with Bild (h/t Malata), Eberl also said: “In the summer perhaps Granit Xhaka will go. We need a good mix between buying and selling to take the next step,” he added.