Arsenal extend Granit Xhaka’s contract ending link to Roma move

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Arsenal have activated a clause in Granit Xhaka's contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.

The move come after his links to Serie A giants Roma broke down earlier this month, with the Gunners deciding to extend his deal using a previous agreement.

The Switzerland international's time in north London looked set to be coming to an end following his clash with fans back in 2019, but he is now firmly in the plans of Mikel Arteta.

The move comes after their Premier League season got off to the worst possible start with a 2-0 loss against Brentford in which Xhaka played the full 90 minutes.

The Athletic report that Xhaka's previous deal, which would have run until the summer of 2023, now runs until the following year.

They add that the club have another option to extend that to 2025, which will take him to the age of 32 and into a ninth season at the Emirates.

Xhaka was chosen to captain the Gunners by Arteta against Brentford in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite coming close to leaving the club in the past.

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Arteta said of the 28-year-old earlier this month: "Granit is going to stay with us.

"He's a player that we rate and value so much, he's a key member of our squad. He's trained two days.

"He wanted to play today and I think it's very clear commitment from his side that he wants to be here.

With Xhaka writing on Instagram after returning to the Emirates for a pre-season friendly: "It felt really good to be home."

Arteta had said of Xhaka's relationship with fans earlier this year: “He’s had two big episodes, you know. You can maybe overcome one of those, I think the second time he really showed that he doesn’t want to go through that again.

“We’re here to try and support our players, the club was exceptional giving him all the support. We try to do the same, the teammates did the same.

"He’s gone through it again. He’s getting a lot of praise for the way he’s playing. It’s down to his character and how much he wants to succeed at the club.”

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