Gunners must unite - Xhaka
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka says he is "very happy" to have signed a new contract at the Emirates and insists his team are motivated by the criticism they are receiving for their slow start to the season.
The Gunners travel to face West Brom in the second round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday and are 2/9 to grab their first win of the season. The Championship Baggies are 10/1 to spring an upset.
Slow start for Gunners
Manager Mikel Arteta is already under serious pressure following back-to-back 2-0 Premier League defeats to London rivals Brentford and Chelsea.
The Gunners failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years last season so are entering this cup competition at an earlier round.
Only together will we be stronger and give the results on the pitch after.Granit Xhaka
With no goals scored this season and champions Manchester City coming up next on Saturday, Arteta's men could do with a confidence lift at the Hawthorns.
Xhaka inks new contract
Xhaka, who has opted to sign a new deal with the north London club until at least 2024, remains optimistic that they can turn their fortunes around.
The Swiss midfielder is one of the more experienced squad members and joined Arsenal in 2016 from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Squad must stick together
Speaking to Arsenal's official website about his contract extension, Xhaka said: "I'm very happy, I'm still here. I've signed a new contract of course and I want to give back. I will give everything - in every game and every training session."
When asked about their poor start to the season, Xhaka added: "A lot of people try to speak and to kill a little bit the players and the team. But the strongest thing to do at the moment is to be together, and only together will we be stronger and give the results on the pitch after."