Xhaka inks new Gunners deal

16 June 2018 18:43:03 GMTPlus11

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new long-term contract with the club.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who featured in all 38 Premier League matches for the Gunners last season, moved to north London from Borussia Monchengladbach just over two years ago.

He has represented his country on 61 occasions and has made 94 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, 4.33 to beat Manchester City in their first game of the 2018/19 season on 11th August.

Head coach Unai Emery said: "I'm delighted that Granit has extended his contract with us.

"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 summer with Switzerland and comes back fit and ready for the new season."

Arsenal are 4.00 to finish in the top four of the Premier League in 2018/19 while Switzerland can be backed at 2.00 to win their first match at World Cup 2018 against Brazil.

Xhaka will be joined at Arsenal next season by his compatriot Stephan Lichtsteiner who has agreed a free transfer switch to Emirates Stadium.

The 34-year-old's contract at Juventus expired this summer and he is looking forward to playing in the same club side as Xhaka.

He said: "I have known Granit now for more than six or seven years - he's just an amazing player.

"He's very good and he's still young. It's not easy for him to be the direct leader at 23 or 24 years old, so I hope I can help him to become bigger and bigger.

"He had a very good season and I hope next year he will do even better. Off the pitch he is just a great person, a great character, very calm, he knows when he can joke and he knows when to concentrate. A top professional player on the pitch, great passing and just a great player."

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