Xhaka: Arsene Wenger is a Playstation gentleman

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Granit Xhaka has become Arsenal’s first signing of the summer, joining on a 5 year deal for a fee that could hit upwards of £30m depending on clauses.

He’s already given his first interview to Arsenal, and laid out how he aims to bring some aggression to the Gunners midfield, but he’s also been talking about it with local press as Switzerland prepare for the European Championships.

They’ve posted some quotes on their Facebook page, and he spoke about Arsene Wenger who, obviously, will be his manager next season.

“Arsène is a legend for me,” he said. “I often had him as a manager on the PlayStation. He’s a gentleman, full stop.”

That’s a bit confusing. Can you play Football Manager games on the Playstation? Or is talking about some FIFA or PES mode I don’t ever use? Maybe even some other game, like using Arsene as his character in Fallout 4 or something. He obviously holds Wenger in some esteem though.

Some of his other quotes are below.

“I had to keep my mouth shut for the last couple of days, which usually don’t like to do.”

“I have made two great choices: one is Arsenal and the other is Switzerland. Now I have peace of mind.”

“Many people forget that I am 23 years old. I am not 30, I am not perfect and I will make mistakes.”

“I always liked Arsenal’s way of playing football. Simply nice to look at.”

“English is not a problem for me, but I still have to improve.”

“I am very happy that my wife is coming with me to London. It’s important to have your beloved ones around you, for the good times and for the bad times.”

So, there you go. Let’s hope Granit can play plenty of killer through balls with that Triangle button.

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Chris
Chris
3 years ago

I had a Geodude on Pokemon Red called Granite. Where is he now?!

Santi's scrotum
Santi's scrotum
3 years ago

He’s already BAE

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner
3 years ago

‘wish I could give this two downvotes, one for the comment and one for the name.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix
3 years ago
Reply to  ForeignGooner

Got your back man, I was pretty neutral but gave him mine from you.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago

People who use “bae” to mean “sweetheart” should look up its actual meaning in the Urban Dictionary.

AllGunsABlazin
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsepedant

You’ve just said ‘actual meaning’ and ‘Urban Dictionary’ in the same sentence. Pick one, you can’t have both.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago

Maybe he means that he pretends to be Arsene Wenger when he plays on the Playstation. “I am such a top, top quality gentleman,” he says to himself in his best imitation of an Alsatian accent.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

I assume he’s talking about playing Ultimate Team. You have to have a manager in it and Wenger is supposed to be one of the good ones. Not that I’ve noticed it make any difference to the performance of the players I use.

Goonerestgooner
Goonerestgooner
3 years ago

So just like real life then (boom boom)

Paul254
Paul254
3 years ago

Xhaka Wengerman

Paul254
Paul254
3 years ago

Xhaka is a Wenger fan boy too bad for the wengerout brigade

DG
DG
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul254

Yea, thats going to sting them. They would still find something to moan about even if Wenger and the Players deliver the league title.

Raage
Raage
3 years ago
Reply to  DG

Yeah like w should one by 10 points no 7. Wenger out!

Fickle twats

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago
Reply to  Raage

We could go 38-0-0 with a +276 goal difference and win the quadruple defeating an entire team of Messis 12-0 in the Champions League final, and they’d still want Wenger out. There’s no arguing with people whose minds are already made up.

btw
btw
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsepedant

If you take all your comments together you guys have created the biggest straw-man argument of all time. Your bashing anyone who has critized Wenger by making up things they might do. Like not celebrate winning the league. Tell me this, how many Wenger out people did not celebrate on the last day of this season?

I want Wenger out.
I want Wenger to succeed.
I want it all

kaius
kaius
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsepedant

I support btw’s statement – the worst thing we can do as a fanbase is fall prey to juvenile tabloid-influenced argument, instead of engaging those who disagree with us respectfully. That makes you lot just as bad as the people you’re calling “fickle twats”.

Wenger’s being praised as a gent in the article above. If you support him so much you could always try and emulate his behaviour.

gee
gee
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsepedant

@ BTW.

Mate you say that but the guy who used to write the Arsenal Truth blog did not even celebrate our FA cup wins. I can remember at the time thinking what this guy got to say now cause he was ultra negative but he didnt post, he posted as soon as we lost tho. I think it burns some of our so called support when we win.

ChrisM
ChrisM
3 years ago

Gotta say, it’s nice to hear a footballer actually answer questions as if they are putting their own thought into it. It’s a bit sad how rare it seems these days with your “At the end of the day, the lads done a job” and “Went out there and gave 110% for the gaffer” and bollocks like that.

Colonel Kurtz
Colonel Kurtz
3 years ago
Reply to  ChrisM

Hopefully he doesn’t breathe through his mouth either. :O

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix
3 years ago
Reply to  Colonel Kurtz

Fun fact – if you google “Harry Kane mouth closed” he has his mouth open in all but four pictures.

assistantref
assistantref
3 years ago

David Attenborough had to lie perfectly still in a five foot deep pile of Tottenham for three days straight to get each of those elusive “mouth closed” pictures, I’ll have you know.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic
3 years ago
Reply to  ChrisM

With my experience of footballers, the British players always seemed to me to be generally “less intellectual” than the foreign, particularly European players.

It’s amazing how so many European players are active in investment and other things outside of football, you wouldn’t even know about. But the British lads are all about “bantz” and “gaffer and lads” and adding “sy” at the end of every name (“had some bantz with Scholesy and Giggsy and Wiliamsy and Rooney…err, Sy whilst listening to some old school Tupac Shakursy”).

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  Stillmatic

Um, so Xhaka may be a very smart man, but… What about his interview do you think marks him out as more intellectual than British players? What we’ve learned so far is that he likes Playstation, he’s always wanted to play in the Premier League, and thinks it’s nice to live with his wife instead of not with his wife. Not exactly mind-blowing stuff, is it? Thankfully, we don’t pay footballers based on their IQ. Trying to find a really insightful footballer is pretty difficult. But you know who gives surprisingly good interviews and seems to actually think? Jack Wilshere.… Read more »

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

Why am I being moderated? It’s because I said “Tottenham,” isn’t it? Automatically flags the system. Lesson learned. I’ll stick to “shit” from now on.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

My comment was a general comment about my experiences with footballers.
It was not a comment about Xhaka specifically.

Ted E.
Ted E.
3 years ago
Reply to  Stillmatic

That’s probably unfair, I mean Walcott’s published four books. Perhaps not of the highest intellectual level, but still an achievement.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago
Reply to  Ted E.

That’s four more books than me.

TeeCee
TeeCee
3 years ago
Reply to  Arsepedant

Yes, but yours are better.

Michael Vingiello
Michael Vingiello
3 years ago

Yo it’s pretty simple–on FUT you sign a manager to improve your team chemistry. My guess is that he has a Swiss team including himself, Djourou, Senderos, Inler and Shaqiri. Absolute quality.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus
3 years ago

First word being “Yo”, my brain reacted by reading the whole post in the voice of Rocky, in my head. Yeah, I hear voices..

David
David
3 years ago

LOL. What about Ultimate Team? You can use “Wenger” as your manager to improve team chemistry.

Mlh
Mlh
3 years ago

Married at 23. Oh dear.

Mlh
Mlh
3 years ago
Reply to  arseblog

i think perhaps you have read a little too much into my statement? i too had fallen in love at 23… in fact, I probably first fell in love at about 13, and then possibly again at 16. Dare I say it, again at about 18. Possibly again at about 23. In fact, come to think about it… i’ve probably fallen in love about 7 to 10 times since turning 23… and now that i’m almost 40, I seem to be falling in love every time I walk down the street. I will however, only judge this new kid on… Read more »

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor
3 years ago
Reply to  Mlh

That plus all the red cards. He must just love to jump in with both feet! My kind of guy.

James
James
3 years ago
Reply to  Gunnerlocutor

The genius of this pun has been under appreciated so far

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor
3 years ago
Reply to  James

You are a gentleman and a scholar, sir. Thanks.

denten
denten
3 years ago
Reply to  Mlh

In fairness, he did say: “Many people forget that I am 23 years old. I am not 30, I am not perfect and I will make mistakes.”

Seriously though, someone should have a word with him regarding that way of thinking. I say so because that’s exactly what I used to think when 23 myself: my mistakes would end when 30.

Well, I’m now 31 and that still seems like last week. 🙂

Stillmatic
Stillmatic
3 years ago

Would love to see Xhaka play as Wenger in FIFA.

No doubt he makes sure his transfer budget remains in tact and unspent.

Kidding.

Scott P
Scott P
3 years ago

Granit is going to be great on the counter

North Bank Gooner
North Bank Gooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott P

Nice……..

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott P

Granit will floor the opposition.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott P

Quick question, though: When we’re defending set pieces, should we put Granit in the wall?

Scott from London, Ontario, Canada
Scott from London, Ontario, Canada
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

Mmm, I wouldn’t take that for Granit.

Elliot Ness
Elliot Ness
3 years ago

Hahahaha Scott you had me actually laughing out loud for a good minute. Thank you. Best one so far.

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott P

Rumor has it that Wenger first heard of the player when someone told him, “my gran would get into your starting eleven.”

I’m here all week. Try the veal!

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

This is actually true, I have been offering my Gran to Arsene for a while and with this signing having gone through, she is now going to continue being sub for Gravesend FC.
Unless we don’t sign a striker of course…:-)

Nate F
Nate F
3 years ago

Probably his manager in Ultimate Team?

BFG
BFG
3 years ago

That picture really makes me want to start a new campaign in Fallout to see if I can actually make a character look just like Arsene Wegner.

EuripidesMac
EuripidesMac
3 years ago
Reply to  BFG

Yes, “The Lone Wengerer”. Don’t forget to stock up on “Wasteland Whisperer” so that you can always bring around your own midefield “Alpha DeathXhaka” as pictured above.

Shishir
Shishir
3 years ago

Just so you know, he’s also a Russian missile:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-700_Granit

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  Shishir

Plug in coordinates for Diego Costa…

someone's something
someone's something
3 years ago

“Ugha Xhaka, Ugha Xhaka, Ugha Xhaka, Ugha Xhaka

Aaaaaa aa-aa ahaaa-aa hooked on a feeling!”

Sum Wana Rutha
Sum Wana Rutha
3 years ago

XhakxhakXhakXhaka Khan…
Xhaka Khan… Xhaka Khan…
Xhaka Khan Let me rock you
Let me rock you, Xhaka Khan
Let me rock you
That’s all I wanna do
Chaka Khan

Trez
Trez
3 years ago

Happy we signed him. Now let’s go get a cb and a striker/wide forward. Can’t wait for preseason to assess our youth players.

Ramsey's spirit
Ramsey's spirit
3 years ago
Reply to  Trez

Not a mad rush on cb… We have chambers and gabriel for now, soon maybe but striker is more of a priority

MTZ
MTZ
3 years ago

“Look out, Wenger, there’s a deathclaw behind you!”
“Look, we’re not worried about deathclaws. We’ll just focus on our own game and make sure the handbrake is off.”

badaab
badaab
3 years ago

Press x to not die!
Use the action button to finish above apuds.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

Gun it granit!

Greg
Greg
3 years ago

“Football. Football never changes.”

Hi-brid
Hi-brid
3 years ago

I like the fact that he thinks he will be perfect when he is 30.

ChrisGoona
ChrisGoona
3 years ago

Xhaka song has to be:

Boooooooooom Xhaka laka laka,
Boooooooooom Xhaka laka laka,
and repeat…