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.