New Arsenal signing makes admission about the Gunners
Granit Xhaka discusses his first impressions of the Premier League since his transfer to Arsenal
Granit Xhaka has admitted that there is more pressure on him to perform at Arsenal following his summer transfer to the north London club.
The Swiss midfielder has earned plenty of praise for his performances for the north London side following his summer move from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.
Xhaka has been deployed in recent games by Arsene Wenger following Francis Coquelin’s knee injury and has earned praise for his solid displays in the middle of the park.
The 23-year-old is still getting to grips with life in England and the Premier League following his summer move, but the midfielder seems to be enjoying life in the UK.
Speaking in an interview with Arsenal Player, Xhaka said: “Physically the English league is much harder then the Bundesliga.
“The tempo is higher and there’s lots of pressure, especially here at Arsenal, where there’s a lot more expectation than at Monchengladbach.
“But technically and tactically, I think the Bundesliga is on the same level as the Premier League.
“I’ve watched a lot of Premier League in years gone by and you can see here that the people live for football. The atmosphere in the stadiums is unbelievable and it’s really fun to play here. The pitches are cut really well and I’m pleased that I’ve taken this step.”
Xhaka will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action with a clash against Swansea City at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
The north London side are currently third in the Premier League and two points behind leaders Manchester City.