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Xhaka to be offered a new contract

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is set to be offered a new contract with the club.

It is the latest sign of the career redemption that he has enjoyed under Mikel Arteta. When he was booed off the pitch and threw the captain’s armband off in disgust whilst playing under the Spaniard’s predecessor Unai Emery against Crystal Palace in 2019, it was widely assumed that he would never play for the club again.

But Arteta has always had faith in him and he has rewarded that by becoming a key figure  both on and off the field, a leader of the team, although Martin Ødegaard wears the armband.

This season, Xhaka has been deployed in a more advanced role and, freed of some of the defensive responsibilities that have led to some of his high profile mistakes in the past, has revelled in his new found freedom.

Talks are expected to start after the end of the World Cup where he will captain the Swiss national side.

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