Granit Xhaka says he’s aggressive and a leader, two qualities that are sure to earn him many friends at the Emirates when he makes his Arsenal debut next season.
The Swiss international, who amassed six red cards in three seasons for Borussia Moenchengladbach, also believes he’ll take to the Premier League like an angry fish to water knowing refs in England are less trigger happy than their German counterparts.
Reflecting on a dream £35 million move to Arsenal, the 23-year-old told the club’s official website in fluent English:
“I am very happy to be here. It’s a dream come true and I’m happy.
“I remember I was young and the first game I watched was in the Premier League. It’s a big dream for me and now that I’m here I am very, very happy.
“I like the style of football [in the Premier League]. It’s aggressive and I like the way Arsenal play football. It’s not like other countries but it’s very, very nice here.
“I don’t think it’s the same [style as the Bundesliga]. In Germany you can play aggressively but the referee will always blow his whistle, but in England that’s not the case. That’s better for me.
“I like to play football. I’m an aggressive player and also a leader. I’m only 23 but I captained a good team in Germany.”
He continued: “When I was younger, even though I had a big brother, my parents would give me the house key every day. It’s in my head that I am a leader and captaining Monchengladbach was very good for me.”
All good stuff from Granit. We’re not sure about you, but Arseblog News can’t help but get excited by the fact he may well be a bit of a psycho.
That said, we are worried about the cheeky dig at his older brother…especially as they face each other in the European Championships.
Granit, born in Basel, will be representing Switzerland, while his brother has opted to play for Albania, from where his parents emigrated. Let’s hope they don’t kick the shit out of each other.