Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has extended his contract at Arsenal after signing a new long term deal with the club, as the club’s official website confirmed on Friday.
Xhaka joined the Gunners back in 2016 from German side Borussia Monchengladbach and sice have shown glimpses of his quality, but new manager Unai Emery thinks he can get the best out of the 25 year old and the Swiss also thinks so.
The 25 year old himself also posted a social media message addressing the fans that he was proud to sign the new deal and hopes to win many titles with the club in the future.
His defensive midfield role at Arsenal has been often criticized as his rash tackling and lack of discipline has cost the team many times and earned him many marching orders, but being just a 25 year old, Arsenal manager believes there is a lot of time ahead for Xhaka to rectify his game and become a good player.
Despite all the criticism, Xhaka played all the 38 league games last season, and started for 37 times in the league.
There is another Swiss in the Arsenal side now after the arrival of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus, and he was all in praise for his national teammate.
“I’ve known Granit now for more than six or seven years, so he’s just an amazing player,” Lichtsteiner told Arsenal Player.
Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal for free
“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.”
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 World Cup with Switzerland and comes back fit and ready for the new season.”