New Arsenal signing’s reply when asked if he is like Man United star

Granit Xhaka moves to distance himself from comparisons to Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger

Granit Xhaka has rejected claims that he is a similar player to a young Bastian Schweinsteiger after the midfielder finally signed for Arsenal on Wednesday.

There has been plenty of speculation linking Xhaka with a move to the north London club in recent days and his transfer finally went through on Wednesday afternoon.

The 23-year-old becomes Arsenal’s first signing of the summer transfer window as Arsene Wenger looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

Ottmar Hitzfeld recently said that Xhaka reminds him of a young Schweinsteiger.

But the 23-year-old midfielder has moved to distance himself from those comparisons and insists that he sees himself as his own player.

Speaking in his first interview with Arsenal Media, Xhaka said: “If Ottmar Hitzfeld says that then it’s a big compliment.

“Ottmar is a big coach and a good gentleman.

“I don’t know if I’m a young Schweinsteiger, I’m another player. I am Granit Xhaka.”

Arsenal ended up in second place in the Premier League table last season after pipping Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the campaign.

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