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Arsenal will take advantage of the one-year extension option written into Granit Xhaka’s Emirates Stadium contract ‘at the very minimum’, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Having tied Gabriel Magalhaes down to a new long-term deal last week, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could turn his attentions towards holding further internal discussions with other key men.

 

What’s the latest news involving Xhaka?

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According to Football Insider, Arsenal are preparing to enter talks over fresh terms with Xhaka in the coming weeks.

 

The report suggests the 106-cap Switzerland international will be involved in discussions over a long-term contract after he returns from the World Cup in December.

 

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Xhaka is set to move into the final 18 months of his £100,000-per-week contract at the turn of the year, meaning Arsenal are keen to reach an agreement over a new deal.

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However, the north Londoners also hold an option to extend the central midfielder’s current deal by another year, putting them in a strong position should any interested clubs come forward during the upcoming transfer window.

 

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Xhaka has been on Arsenal’s books since completing a £35million switch from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach six years ago.

 

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What has Dean Jones said about Xhaka?

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Jones believes Arsenal are interested in extending Xhaka’s stay in the capital and, as a result, will head to the negotiating table in the not-too-distant future.

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The transfer insider understands that the Gunners included a one-year option they can take advantage of when the 30-year-old signed his current deal.

 

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He is certain that Arsenal will make use of that at the very least as they decide on whether Xhaka has a long-term future at the club.

 

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “They already have the possibility to extend his current deal by a year, so they’ll do that at the very minimum.”

Does Xhaka deserve a new contract?

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Xhaka has made 265 appearances since joining Arsenal and it could be argued that this has already been his best season in the capital.

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That is because he has been hugely productive in the final third of the pitch, contributing four goals and three assists in 15 outings.

 

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Xhaka has also been reliable on the ball and defensively, boasting an 86 per cent pass accuracy and averaging 0.5 tackles per game.

 

The Swiss star has come a long way since he was stripped of the captaincy and clashed with supporters during a London derby draw with Crystal Palace in 2019, so he deserves to be rewarded with fresh terms at the Emirates Stadium.

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