Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is closing in on a new four-year contract with the club, football.london understands.
The Switzerland international, who impressed for his country at the recent Euro 2020 tournament, was close to moving to AS Roma, but reported £20million talks collapsed and the Gunners have acted swiftly.
Xhaka has been an ever-present figure under Mikel Arteta since he was appointed Arsenal boss around 18 months ago.
However, the 28-year-old has had a mixed time at the Emirates Stadium since making the £31.5m move from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016.
The Swiss midfielder has received his fair share of criticism at Arsenal, but there are other supporters who feel his role in the team can be under-appreciated.
Now, Gunners supporters have taken to Twitter to express their feelings over Xhaka being close to putting pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal with the north London club – and their views are mixed.
Xhaka featured in Arsenal’s 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, with the midfielder scoring the Gunners’ only goal of the game in the second half.
The Arsenal boss said on Sunday: “Xhaka is staying. He wanted to play. He is a key player for us.”
This U-turn might come as a surprise to some Arsenal fans, as Xhaka looked nailed on to make a move to Rome earlier in the summer when the Switzerland midfielder was on international duty at the Euros.
Speaking in June, Xhaka said: “There are always rumours as soon as the transfer market opens but I don’t want to talk about my future.
“I want to keep that until the end of the tournament and what happens afterwards you will then get to know about it.
“Everything else doesn’t distract me. I’m fit and motivated and I’m looking forward to doing a lot of things.
“This tournament is very important to the team and to Switzerland and we want to show it with good performances here.”
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