By Park Ji-won Reporter= Arsenal has re-signed midfielder Xhaka, 21.
“We are delighted to announce the signing of England international striker Xhaka on a new long-term contract,” the Gunners said in a statement on the club’s website.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “Extending Xhaka’s contract is great for the club. Retaining top young talent is key to our continued development and he represents an important part of the squad for now and the future,” Arteta said.
Saka said: “I’m really happy. “There’s been a lot of talk, a lot of time has passed, and now I’m here. I think Arsenal is the right place to grow to the next level. It’s a beautiful club. I think I have everything I need to be a top player. That’s why I’m happy to stay here and entrust my future to the club. Because I really believe we can achieve great things.”
Xhaka is a product of the Arsenal youth system. He joined the Gunners’ youth system at the age of seven and progressed through the ranks, making his first-team debut in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) in the 2018-19 season. Two months later, he made his English Premier League (EPL) debut.
He has a lot going for him. Xhaka’s quickness and fluid footwork give him an edge against opposing defenses. His ability to utilize his teammates allows him to play at a high level. He also has the versatility to play on the right wing 메이저놀이터 as well as the left winger and mezzala roles.
Explosive growth. He started and came off the bench in 2019-20, scoring four goals and providing 12 assists in 39 official games. Arsenal gave him the number 7 shirt, a symbol of ace, ahead of the 2020-21 season. Xhaka was named Arsenal’s Player of the Year for his performances, which included seven goals and 10 assists in 46 games.
Last season, he recorded double-digit points in the league for the first time in his career, with 12 goals and seven assists in 43 official games. This season, he was again key to the Gunners’ title push. He produced 14 goals and 11 assists in 47 games.
Originally, Xhaka’s contract was set to expire next summer, and he has now signed a new deal until the end of the 2022-23 season. According to The Athletic, he signed a four-year extension until 2027, with an annual salary of £15 million. In weekly salary terms, that’s about $470 million.