Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has confirmed that he has signed a new contract at the club, thus putting an end to all the speculation surrounding his future.
The Swiss international has been an integral part of our squad under Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. As much as some pundits and fans try to discredit everything he does, he’s still a phenomenal player.
It looked certain that Xhaka was on his way to join Jose Mourinho at AS Roma earlier this summer. A deal even looked imminent at one point, but the move broke down, and Arsenal have since offered him a new contract.
Xhaka confirms new Arsenal contract
Rumours made us believe over a week ago that Xhaka’s contract was signed and sealed. An announcement seemed imminent at that point, but Arsenal have been quiet on that front so far.
The Gunners did mention in an interview that Xhaka had indeed signed a new deal. However, it’s a shame that there’s no elaborate announcement or well-filmed video, just like most others usually get when they extend their deals.
Xhaka, labelled as ‘phenomenal‘ by Arteta, took matters into his own hands and confirmed on Instagram that he has signed a new contract. “Home is where the heart is,” he captioned his post, and it’s excellent to know that he’s fully committed to the cause despite all the speculation over the summer.
Good news for Arsenal
Xhaka has always divided opinion among Arsenal fans. Some supporters will always be against him, even if he turns into prime Xabi Alonso. However, nobody can dispute his commitment, leadership and professionalism.
Everybody in the squad looks up to Xhaka and rightly so. He is one of our captains at Arsenal and he’s his Switzerland’s skipper as well. He is one of our most important players, and as Jose Mourinho once described, we look lost when he’s not playing.
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With Xhaka now staying, Arsenal have saved a considerable amount of money on the market as we don’t need a new central midfielder. Hopefully, those funds will be used to bring in a striker and a right-back before the window shuts next week.