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Granit Xhaka signs new contract

Granit Xhaka

Grant Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

The 25-year-old midfielder featured in all 38 Premier League matches last season, starting 37 and making one appearance from the bench. He has made 94 appearances for us and won the Emirates FA Cup in his first season. He has 61 caps for Switzerland and is part of their squad for the World Cup.

Granit has sent a message to fans about his new deal which you can see on our Twitter account.

Granit joined us from German side Borussia Monchengladbach in May 2016 after helping them to fourth place in the Bundesliga in the 2015/16 season and two Champions League group-stage qualifications.

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.”

The contract renewal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

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'I hope to help Granit become bigger and bigger'

As Switzerland captain, Stephan Lichtsteiner has worked at close quarters with Granit Xhaka for years - and knows exactly how much potential he has.

Xhaka extended his stay in north London by signing a new contract on Wednesday, and his new club team-mate feels he is only going to get better.

"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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