Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has signed a one-year contract extension with the Premier League club, keeping him at the Emirates until 2024.
The Gunners activated a clause in Xhaka’s contract which has added an extra year onto his current deal, according to Sky Sports.
His updated terms have also created the opportunity for a further year if the club decide to exercise this option in the future.
The Switzerland captain has made 221 appearances for Arsenal since joining from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.
He also has 98 caps for his national team, often playing his best football for Switzerland.
Xhaka’s time in north London has been nothing short of controversial, often dividing the opinions of fans and pundits alike.
He was stripped of his captaincy by Unai Emery in November 2019 after an angry confrontation with fans during a draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates.
However, current boss Mikel Arteta has stuck by the 28-year-old during his time in charge – handing Xhaka the captaincy for Arsenal’s 2021/22 Premier League opener away to Brentford.
Xhaka’s future in north London was in serious doubt earlier this summer, with a move to AS Roma seeming very likely.
In June it was reported that the ex-Gladbach man had agreed a five-year contract with the Italian club.
A deal fell through, however, as Roma could not meet Arsenal’s valuation of the player.
Earlier this month Arteta revealed Xhaka would stay at the club despite transfer speculation.
Speaking about the Swiss international after a pre-season loss against Chelsea, the Spaniard said: “Granit is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad.”
This was said days after The Athletic reported the midfielder was to be offered a new deal.
After a turbulent summer for both player and club, they have now put an end to rumours by agreeing on a new contract.
The Gunners will likely be very busy in the transfer market before it slams shut later this month.
A creative midfielder, right-back and back-up goalkeeper are still on the agenda for the north Londoners, with Real Madrid playmaker Martin Odegaard heavily linked with a permanent move to the Emirates.
According to Spanish outlet ABC, Arsenal are unwilling to pay more than £25million for Odegaard, with Real happy to receive €40m with €10m in add-ons for the player.