According to his Switzerland teammates Johan Djourou and Valon Behrami, Arsenal’s latest recruit Swiss International Granit Xhaka will have less to no problems adapting to the English Premier League,.
The Swiss International who is currently representing his father land in France, Xhaka, sealed a 30 million pounds transfer to the Emirates last month and gave a tip of what is to come with a fantastic in Switzerland’s 1-0 win over Albania that earned him the man of the match award at the European championships.
Xhaka’s, 23, whose blend of tough tackling and brilliant passing for Switzerland was second to none and Former Gunner Djourou, who spent a decade at Arsenal between 2004 and 2014, is convinced that his International teammate will have no problems settling in the English Premier League.
Djourou was quoted saying,
“I think he won’t have a problem,” the Hamburg centre-back told ESPN FC. “He’s a top-class player with lots of qualities. I think he’ll do Arsenal a lot of good.
“It’s a team with a lot of talent and a lot of class. There’s people like [Francis] Coquelin and [Santi] Cazorla — there’s huge competition — but I’m sure that he has the quality to impose himself.
“He brings calmness, his ability to play long passes, precision and aggression.”
“It’s clear that in terms of emotions it mustn’t have been very easy,” Djourou said following the game. “Being brothers, you know each other’s weaknesses and strengths so I think it was a very special moment for both of them.
“He managed the pressure well and he managed his emotions. But that’s important. That’s what you ask a young player like that, to be able to keep his nerve and to bring his talent to the team.”
The Switzerland group opener against Albania saw Xhaka taking on his older brother, Albania midfielder Taulant, and Djourou, was impressed by how Xhaka had handled the situation.
Watford’s Valon Behrami, who is Xhaka’s midfield partner for Switzerland, is also confident that his international teammate will shine like million stars in the Premier League.
“Everybody needs time and he will need time as well, but he is a great player,” Behrami told ESPN FC. “He’s a top player and he’s going to go to play in a team which is good for his quality because he likes to play the ball and he’s quite technical.
“And he can do both sides. He can win the ball and he’s got good tackling skills. I think he’s a great signing for Arsenal and for him as well it’s a great move.”
“The training grounds are close so I’m going to help him with what he needs to settle down, and I think he’s going to have a great season in the Premier League,” he said.
“It was quite a strange situation,” Behrami said. “It would never happen normally, a situation like this with the national team.
“There was six of us and it was tough. Since the beginning, the pressure was so much.
“But we knew already. Over two months ago already I prepared the guys. I said, ‘Listen, it’s going to be hard. Prepare yourself mentally just to be focused on the game — nothing else.’
“And that’s just what we did. We had a little bit of luck as well but it’s OK. We got the three points and we’re happy.”