Transformed Arsenal star welcome to leave this summer as Newcastle news boosts potential Barcelona deal

Mikel Arteta is reportedly not standing in the way should Granit Xhaka want to leave the Emirates Stadium after his best campaign in an Arsenal shirt.

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Brighton's thumping by Everton on Monday will leave Arsenal fans hoping for another three points when a shaken Seagulls side visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but the Premier League title race is no longer in the Gunners' own hands.

Manchester City also play on Sunday with an earlier kick-off against a motivated Toffees team and Arsenal eyes will be on that match praying for Sean Dyche's men to manage a shock win at Goodison Park.

In the meantime, here's the latest transfer news from Arsenal today.

Granit Xhaka could make shock Arsenal departure

Mikel Arteta will let midfielder Granit Xhaka make his own decision regarding his future at Arsenal according to Goal.

Bayer Leverkusen are said to be very interested in bringing the Swiss star to Germany after a season in which the player has transformed himself from a wantaway bad boy to a key cog in the Gunners' wheel.

Granit Xhaka has impressed this season Granit Xhaka has impressed this season
Granit Xhaka has impressed this season

German newspaper BILD reported that the Bundesliga side are keen to bring the player, who is valued at €15 million, to work under Xabi Alonso who has outlined 'mentality' and 'energy' as key necessities during the upcoming transfer window.

Following on from that news, Goal state that Mikel Arteta won't stand in the way should Xahka want a new challenge with rumours linking the North London club to West Ham midfielder Declan Rice still rife.

Newcastle make way for Arsenal to complete Barcelona swoop

Arsenal's path to signing Barcelona forward and former Leeds United Raphinha has become easier after Newcastle United confirmed they would not be pursuing the Brazilian this summer.

That's according to The Telegraph, who report that recent meetings at St James' Park led to transfer lists being finalised and Raphinha was nowhere to be seen as The Magpies focus attention elsewhere.

Arsenal had also been linked with the star, who has 10 goals and 11 assists for the Catalan giants this season, with transfer chief Edu said to have been in frequent contact over a potential Raphinha deal.