Arsene Wenger makes admission about Arsenal signing ahead of Bournemouth clash
Arsene Wenger says Granit Xhaka still needs time to adapt to the rigours of English football
Arsene Wenger has admitted that Granit Xhaka still needs some more time to adapt to life at Arsenal this season.
The Swiss midfielder is currently getting used to life at The Emirates following his summer transfer to the club.
Xhaka has earned praise for his performances for the Gunners since breaking into the first team at The Emirates but he has largely been reduced to a substitutes’ role in recent weeks.
Wenger is expecting big things from the 23-year-old but admits that he still needs time to get used to life at Arsenal.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday, Wenger said: “[Granit] needs to adapt, then we need to find the balance because he plays in a deeper-lying midfield position, and he passes through the line.
“He needs to adapt to the way we play and the tactical pace of the English game. I am confident he will do very well.
“Yes [he is taking time to adapt] but that is part of the job. People want you to buy players but when you buy them we only have 11 spaces and not 22, and they feel sorry for the 11 who do not play. You want them to compete and convince you that they can get in the team.”
Arsenal head into Sunday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at The Emirates looking to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 2-2 draw with PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The north London side have drawn their last two Premier League games 1-1, against Tottenham and Manchester United.