Arsenal Star’s Name Cleared in Betting Case
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been cleared of any involvement in a betting scandal few weeks before he leaves the Premier League.
The Swiss footballer became a subject of the 16-month investigation after he controversially received a yellow card against Leeds United last season. He was booked by referee Andre Marriner for time-wasting on a free-kick when Arsenal were 3-0 ahead in the 86th minute.
Before the match, there was unusual wagering on Xhaka getting booked, particularly a £52,000 bet on him receiving a caution. His actions that led to the yellow card seemed deliberate, raising suspicion and prompting the bookies to report it to the FA.
Soon enough, the FA began a probe on Xhaka and subsequently handed over the investigation to the National Crime Agency. However, the multiple investigations turned up no concrete evidence of wrongdoing against the player, leading to his name being cleared by the NCA.
Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borrusia Monchengladbach in 2016 and has gone on to make 295 appearances for the North London club. According to reports, Xhaka could leave the Emirates at the end of the season and return to the Bundesliga with Bayern Leverkusen. Arsenal is set to receive £15 million for the midfielder.
A Sense of Relief and Renewed Focus
Despite the intense speculation surrounding Granit Xhaka's involvement in the betting scandal, the recent clearance of his name brings a sense of relief and vindication to the Arsenal star. This resolution allows him to focus entirely on his future endeavors, both on and off the field. As Xhaka prepares to bid farewell to the Premier League, his impressive contributions to Arsenal's midfield over the years should not be overshadowed by this incident. Regardless of his destination, Xhaka's departure marks the end of an era at the Emirates, and fans will undoubtedly remember his passion and dedication to the club.
With the betting scandal behind him, Xhaka can now look forward to new beginnings as he once said: "I don't mind being criticised because I am not that easy to knock down, and no one can destroy me."