English Premiership

Xhaka: I'm happy to be a Gunner

2016-05-30 09:30
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal website)

Cape Town - Newly signed Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka reveals his big-money transfer to the English Premier League club is a dream come true.

The Switzerland international has long been courted by the top clubs around Europe, but the Gunner secured his signature last week in a deal reportedly worth around £33m, which would make him the third most expensive transfer in Arsenal's history.

"I feel good, now I'm happy to be a Gunner," he told Sky Sports. "It's been a big week for me but now it's official and I'm very happy. Arsenal is a big club. I've seen the pitch, it's unbelievable. It was a dream for me and I'm happy now."

Xhaka has been a key player for Gladbach in his four years at the club and has been likened to Andrea Pirlo by international teammate and former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou, who is confident he will be a success in England.

"He's got the ability to play the Arsenal way; he's got this aggressiveness about him that will help him in the Premier League," Djourou said.

"He's a great ball player and a ball winner so I think in the midfield he could help a lot.

"He's got the ability to play very long balls and precise balls. He reminds me a bit of Pirlo, the way he plays.

"He asked me a lot of things about London and the club and I could only say great things about it because I had a good experience there."

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