German international Peter Mertesacker has expressed his excitement over Arsenal signing of Swiss talented midfielder Granit Xhaka. The centre back said on the Gunners website that Xhaka will set a tempo for Arsenal and his leadership skills are a big bonus for the club. Metersacker continued further more saying:
“I don’t know him personally but that doesn’t matter, we will get along with each other very quickly because he is a good player and has done so much for Borussia Monchengladbach,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player.
“He can speak German as well, so it will be joy to get his first year going and help him bed in as a player.
“He’s a leader and that is really important, especially in midfield. He has got a very good attitude, is very composed on the ball and contributes a lot.
“He is a good passer as well, so he will set the tempo. I am looking forward to how he does it, how composed he will be in training and in the games. He will be the perfect signing for us.”
It will be interesting to see how the Swiss will blend with other players in the field considering the fact that Arsenal play a very pacy and attacking football.His international experience will surely play a big part in the team.Switzerland was part of the Euro 2016 Championship ,they made it through the group stages but lost to Poland in the last 16 after a 1-1 draw that saw the match going in to penalties.
Xhaka was the only player to miss in the penalty shootout allowing the Polish to through.He has been part of the Swiss international squad since the Under 17 level and has also participated in the 2014 world Cup for Switzerland.This Swiss international got his recognition playing in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach.