Somewhat out of the blue, Arsenal have confirmed that Granit Xhaka has signed a new deal at the club.
Xhaka’s form may have waxed and waned during his second season at the club, but he was still a regular in the first team appearing in every single Premier League fixture.
New coach Unai Emery is obviously a fan. Despite links with Uruguayan international Lucas Torreira, a player tipped to play at the base of Arsenal’s midfield, the Spaniard had this to say about the Switzerland international penning an extension.
“I’m delighted that Granit has extended his contract with us,” he told Arsenal.com.
“He’s an important member of the squad and is still young so will be able to develop even more.
“I hope he has a successful World Cup with Switzerland and comes back fit and ready for the new season.”
And Xhaka, who signed for the club two years ago from Borussia Moenchengladbach, had this message for the fans: “Hi Gunners, here’s the Granit. I’m happy and I’m proud to sign a new contract here for Arsenal. I hope for good results in the future.”
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We here at Arseblog News are certainly looking forward to the improvements Xhaka could make under the stewardship of a coach known for drilling tactical discipline into his players.
Now we can turn our attention to getting Aaron Ramsey to stay. And of course, there’s still the Jack Wilshere situation that needs sorting, one way or another.