Granit Xhaka signs new Arsenal contract as Hector Bellerin ‘desperate’ for transfer



Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Tuesday, August 17.

Xhaka signs new deal

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has signed a new contract with the club, football.london understands.

The Swiss captain was linked with a move away this summer, with Italian giants AS Roma keen on bringing him to the Stadio Olimpico before the two clubs failed to agree on a fee, causing the proposed transfer to collapse last month.

Now, the 28-year-old has penned a bumper four-term deal with the Gunners that will see him stay at the Emirates Stadium for the foreseeable future.

Read the full story here.

Bellerin’s stance

Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin is ‘determined’ to leave the club this summer, according to The Athletic.

The Spaniard is reportedly becoming increasingly frustrated with the club as he looks for a fresh challenge having spent the best part of ten years as an Arsenal player and the aforementioned report claims that a swap deal with Barcelona for Brazilian fullback Emerson Royal is one of the options being explored by the north London club.

The 26-year-old has also been linked with a move to the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in recent weeks but a move to the latter appears to be dead and buried after the Nerazzurri completed a deal to bring Dutch wingback Denzel Dumfries instead.

Read more here.

The transfer window is in full swing and things are beginning to ramp up with Edu and Mikel Arteta’s dealings at the Emirates.

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Conte ‘lined up’

Arsenal have already decided on Mikel Arteta’s successor, according to Italian outlet Tuttosport.

The report claims that the Gunners are eyeing up former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte in the event that Arteta departs the club this summer, with the Spaniard the bookies’ favourite to be the first Premier League manager sacked this season.

Still, Conte turned down a move to Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer, denying that his decision was anything to do with Spurs’ finances.

“Money is not my obsession. I look at projects and I’m ready to stay at home if they don’t convince me,” Conte told La Gazzetta dello Sport after the proposed move to Spurs fell through.

“I like difficult challenges but if there is something with a club that does not convince me, I prefer to say: ‘no, thank you’.”





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