Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke confirms new Xhaka contract in programme blunder

Arsenal's billionaire owner Stan Kroenke has confirmed Granit Xhaka's contract extension in his programme notes for the club's first home game of the season.

The Switzerland international has reportedly agreed a two-year extension to keep him at the Emirates until the summer of 2025, with his current deal due to run out in 2023.

However, the deal has not yet been officially announced but has now been leaked by the club's owner ahead of their London derby against Chelsea on Sunday.

Xhaka had looked set to leave Arsenal this summer having agreed personal terms with Italian side Roma but the transfer broke down when the two clubs could not agree on a fee.

Discussing the club's summer business in the programme for the Chelsea match, Kroenke wrote "We know there is much work ahead to get back to where we need to be but are confident about what can be achieved by this great club and our people.

"We are building a squad, rich in young talent, much of it developed through our wonderful academy," he added.

"It is clear looking across Europe that we are dealing with a difficult transfer market due to the impacts of the pandemic but at the time of writing, are delighted to have signed Nuno Tavares, [Albert] Sambi Lokonga and Ben White."

Arsenal also added the double signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale on Friday to take their summer spending over £100million.

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"We have also renewed the deals of Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith-Rowe, both on a long-term basis. These are all young players that we are convinced can develop further and have a bright future with us.

"They are supported by a strong group of more experienced players including Granit Xhaka, who has signed an extended contract."

This is the first confirmation from the club of Xhaka's new deal and will reportedly see him remain at the Emirates for four more years.

Kroenke went on to explain that he hopes Xhaka can help to maintain stability in the squad and praised the work of the Arsenal recruitment staff.

"This is an important step in terms of maintaining balance and stability in the squad. In the meantime, the transfer negotiating team has been working hard behind the scenes to improve the squad further."

Mikel Arteta's side are hoping to bounce back at home to Chelsea on Sunday after they lost their season opener away to newly promoted Brentford.

The Gunners have an impressive recent record against the Blues, winning their last three meetings and not losing since December 2019.

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