Granit Xhaka has signed a contract extension with Arsenal, bringing the midfielder’s tumultuous time in north London to a close.
Despite his desire to depart earlier in the summer, the 28-year-old has committed himself to the club until 2024, with the option of an additional year.
Roma had intended to sign him but were unable to provide a package that would persuade Arsenal to sell, leaving Xhaka’s future uncertain. His previous contract was set to expire in 2023, and Arsenal wanted to protect his value while also keeping in mind that finding an economical successor in this transfer window would be difficult.
Xhaka captained Mikel Arteta’s side in Friday night’s defeat at Brentford and is expected to remain a key figure this season. It is the second time Xhaka’s future in north London has been pulled back from the brink: late in 2019 he was close to joining Hertha Berlin after a high-profile falling-out with a section of the club’s fans, only for the newly-installed Arteta to persuade him to stay.
Source: The Guardian