Thursday 19 July 2018

WATCH: Granit Xhaka signs a new long-term contract at Arsenal

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka will be fit for the World Cup, despite suffering in injury in training (Nick Potts/PA)
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka will be fit for the World Cup, despite suffering in injury in training (Nick Potts/PA)

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Gunners have announced.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who is part of Switzerland's World Cup squad, featured in all 38 Premier League matches last season.

New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said on the club's website: "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."

Xhaka greeted the news with a video message to Arsenal fans on the club's Twitter feed:

New Arsenal signing and Switzerland captain, Stephan Lichtsteiner has worked at close quarters with Granit Xhaka for years and he is convinced his compatriot will defy his doubters after signing a new deal with the club.

"I’ve known Granit now for more than six or seven years, so he’s just an amazing player," Lichtsteiner told Arsenal 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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