By Kevin Campbell

9th Aug, 2021 | 3:00pm

Xhaka could be quitting Arsenal after they're 'stiffed on deal' - Campbell

Kevin Campbell claims Arsenal are simply trying to protect themselves by offering Granit Xhaka a new deal.

The Gunners icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on the midfielder’s future,

Football.London’s Chris Wheatley reported on 3rd August that Arsenal are confident Xhaka will sign a new four-year deal.

At the beginning of the month, Mikel Arteta revealed, via Wheatley, that Xhaka will be staying at the Emirates.

The Switzerland international was close to joining Jose Mourinho’s Roma in July but the two clubs could not reach an agreement over a fee.

Campbell insists Arsenal are trying to protect themselves so Xkaka can’t start to run his contract down in 12 months.

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“Here’s the thing, obviously he was looking to leave,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“The love-in with Roma and Mourinho was there but they tried to stiff Arsenal on the deal.

“They moved the goalposts after agreeing to sell him. So if you’re Arsenal you turn round and say no.

“Xhaka only has two years left and you don’t want to get into the scenario when he runs his contract down.

“You have to protect your asset, that’s what Arsenal are doing. He still might end up leaving.

“Nothing is set in stone but if you’re Arsenal and you look at bodies, they aren’t bringing in enough.

“They might need to rely on Xkaka.”

Arsenal are gearing up for their first season without European football for 25 years.

They begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to newly-promoted Brentford on Friday.

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