• Xhaka, 28, extends deal to 2024 with option of further year
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Granit Xhaka has signed a contract extension with Arsenal, completing the latest turnaround in the midfielder’s topsy-turvy spell in north London.

The 28-year-old has committed himself to the club until 2024 with the option of an extra year even though he had been keen to leave earlier in the summer. Roma had hoped to secure his services but could not offer a package that would tempt Arsenal to sell, leaving the door open for Xhaka to stay. His previous contract was due to expire in 2023 and Arsenal were keen to protect his value, while also being mindful that an affordable replacement would be hard to find in this transfer window.

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