According to The Athletic, Arsenal have exercised an option in Granit Xhaka’s existing contract to extend his stay at the Emirates until 2024. It’s understood we’ve also added a new clause giving us the right to extend his deal for a further 12 months to 2025.

The Switzerland international appeared to be on his way out of the club earlier in the summer but a proposed move to AS Roma, which he was keen on, fell through after the Serie A club failed to follow up with a suitable offer. It’s the second time an Arsenal exit has failed to materialise; in January 2019 he agreed personal terms with Hertha Berlin before changing his mind.

Given the state of the market and the player’s recent form, manager Mikel Arteta is more than happy to retain the 28-year-old’s services and sees him as Thomas Partey’s midfield partner for this season.

In the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding, Xhaka captained the Gunners in the season-opener at Brentford; the first time he’d done so since he was infamously stripped of the armband during Unai Emery’s tenure.

Since joining from Borussia Moenchengladbach five years ago in a deal worth approximately £35 million, he’s made 221 appearances for Arsenal and has 20 assists and 13 goals to his name.

He last signed a contract extension at the Emirates three years ago and is understood to earn a six-figure weekly salary.

Mikel Arteta may confirm the deal later this week in his pre-Chelsea press conference, but, given the current circumstances, we’re not expecting Arsenal to make a song and dance about it.

He already said on 1st August: “Granit is going to stay with us. He’s a player that we rate and value so much and is a key member of our squad.”

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