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Arteta: Xhaka is staying at Arsenal

by Koolkola

Mikel Arteta says Granit Xhaka will be at Arsenal this season after his proposed deal to AS Roma fell through.

The Switzerland international was known to be keen on a move to the Italian capital, where he was due to link up with Jose Mourinho, but the Serie A outfit failed to table an acceptable offer to the Gunners.

Instead, it now sounds like the midfielder could be handed a contract extension at the Emirates.

Xhaka was on the scoresheet as the Gunners lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Sunday and afterwards the boss said:

“Granit is going to stay with us. He’s a player that we rate and value so much and is a key member of our squad.

“He’s trained two days, he wanted to play today and it’s very clear the commitment from his side that he wants to be here.”

While Xhaka’s future seems clear, there remain question marks over a host of other first team players including Hector Bellerin, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Lucas Torreira and Willian.

Asked if he’s expecting any outgoings, Arteta said: “I don’t know. I’m going to coach, respect and look after everybody because they are our players and try to maximise their qualities and hopefully they can have their minds here and prepare here because they are Arsenal players.”

The boss had earlier revealed that Thomas Partey had suffered an ankle injury that “is not looking good” leading to suggestions the Ghanaian could miss the season opener with Brentford on 13 August.

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