Ian Wright has already given his verdict on Arsenal's decision to hand Granit Xhaka a new deal.

The midfielder was tipped to seal a summer exit since the transfer window opened with Jose Mourinho keen to link up with the Swiss international at Roma.

But that appears to have fallen through with the Gunners set to offer the 28-year-old a contract extension.

And it's a decision that should please the likes of Wright as the pundit questioned why the North London club were selling a player that performed so well during Euro 2020 with Switzerland dumping holders France out of the competition to reach the quarter-final stage.

Ian Wright criticised Arsenal's decision to try and sell Granit Xhaka (

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Speaking on ITV's Football Show Podcast, he said: "That is the best I’ve ever seen him [Xhaka] play.

'I feel for him because he’s someone I’ve been very critical of in the past and when you see a performance like, do you blame him or the coaches for not getting those performances out of him in the past?

"I have never seen him used to that effect. There’s no way Arsenal should be selling a player that can play like that, at that level.

"So unfortunately for us it looks like he is going but I’m delighted for him because he’s answered a lot of critics. He was magnificent."

On his own Ringer FC podcast, Wright added: "Can I say something about Granit Xhaka? I was delighted to see how well he played, that’s the best I’ve ever seen him play.

"He was everywhere, he done everything and it looks like he’s probably going to Roma. He’s not been my favourite player but what we saw in that game was a complete midfielder who was used properly.

"Seeing him play that well and knowing what we need at Arsenal, it’s a shame we never got performances like that for whatever reason. It’s a shame."