Cape Town - Newly Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka has revealed that Arsene Wenger played a huge role in his decision to join the Premier League side.
The midfielder was the Gunners' first off-season signing, joining from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach last month in a deal reportedly worth around £33m.
"It was madness to speak to Wenger. He is a legend for me, he has always been a legend in my eyes," Xhaka told Sport Bild. "And then all of a sudden he's on the phone and tells me he wants to sign me.
"He told me to come to Arsenal if I wanted to enjoy playing football and said Arsenal is like paradise."
The 23-year-old, who is currently with the Switzerland national team in France, is delighted that he will not face any distractions at the Euros.
"It was very important to me to complete the transfer before Euro 2016," Xhaka added.
"I wanted to have a clear mind during the tournament. I didn't want agents or clubs distracting me.
"I am delighted everything has been sorted now."