Arsenal FC News: Granit Xhaka, Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere

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The offseason is here for Arsenal FC, and that means the Gunners squad won’t be reunited again until training camp commences in July. However, it’s been a very busy summer already, and we’re only just getting warmed up.  

It’s certainly going to be an exciting transfer window at the Emirates, with a whole lot of topics to discuss, but this is of course a World Cup weekend and thus transfer talk must take a back seat to tournament coverage right now. Let’s take a spin through Tuesday’s headlines.

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-France forward Olivier Giroud is trending internationally on social media right now as Arsenal fans expressed their attachment to him during Les Bleus 2-1 win over Australia in World Cup group play today. Gunners supporters continue to cheer for Giroud despite his being sold to arch-rival Chelsea in January, and thus feel conflicted.

Here are a few examples:

Arsenal announced a long term contract extension for midfielder Granit Xhaka today. This upcoming season will be his third at the club, since coming over from Borussia Dortmund in May 2016. The 25-year-old made 37 starts for the club last season.

Head coach Unai Emery said:

“I’m delighted that Granit has extended his contract with us. He’s an important member of the squad and is still young so will be able to develop even more. I hope he has a successful World Cup with Switzerland and comes back fit and ready for the new season.”

-Finally, Jack Wilshere may finally see his time at the club end for good now. He’s now available to go on a free transfer, and there are at least three clubs reportedly keen- West Ham, Wolves and Everton.

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As the Daily Mirror points out, if he stays with the north London club, he’ll only be a fringe player.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and Chicago Now.

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