Armando Gjoka, (born 18th September 2034, in Basel, Switzerland) is an Albanian-Swiss central midfielder, currently playing for Arsenal and the Swiss national team. Gjoka is the paternal first cousin of fellow Arsenal player Eduard Gjoka.
Gjoka, born to Albanian parents in Basel, was signed up by his local side at the tender age of 8. Gjoka would go on to sign professional terms in the summer of 2049, two months before his 16th birthday.
Gjoka made his début for Basel's Under-21 side the following summer, in a goalless draw at Luzern.It wouldn't be until January 2052 that everything would fall into place at Basel; Gjoka making his first-team début and Swiss Under-21 début in the same month.
By the 52/53 season, Gjoka would be Basel's first-choice central midfielder, playing a characteristic box-to-box role. Amazingly, Gjoka's influence would show, as Basel were crowned league and cup champions in each of the four seasons that Gjoka featured for them.
Gjoka made good progress in the Swiss national side as well, becoming a mainstay in the heart of their midfield, having made his full début in November 2052 against Slovenia.
Arsenal came calling in January 2054. Gjoka joined Arsenal after lengthy discussion's regarding the transfer fee, and eventually came to the Emirates on transfer deadline day, for a fee of £15.75 million, plus add-on's.
Gjoka struggled to adapt to English football at the start, and only made six league appearances before the close of the season, and indeed only making 40 appearances in his first four years at Arsenal. Gjoka allegedly turned down a return to Basel during this time.
It wouldn't be until the 57/58 season that injuries in the Arsenal squad would play a part in Gjoka playing more games for Arsenal, making 30 appearances, scoring twice that year, starting with a man-of-the-match performance in Arsenal's Community Shield win in August 2057, his only major trophy to date.
By 2061, Gjoka had become notorious for long, cross-field balls, acting as a sort of quarterback for club and country, and indeed made Arsenal a very difficult team to beat, as they charged towards successive 4th placed finishes in the Premier League.
To date, Gjoka has 80 caps for Switzerland, scoring 11 goals, and is known for doing charity work for Eastern European refugees living in Switzerland.