Arsene Wenger: What I really think about Granit Xhaka’s start to life at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger delivers his verdict on Granit Xhaka's start to life at Arsenal this season

Arsene Wenger has insisted that he has been thrilled by Granit Xhaka’s start to life at Arsenal following his summer move.

The Swiss midfielder has been in impressive form when called upon by Wenger this term following his switch from German side Borussia Monchengladbach back in May.

The 23-year-old is still adapting to the rigours of the Premier League following his move to England as he bids to force himself into the first team and earn a regular spot in the side at The Emirates.

However, Wenger says that he has been very happy with what he has seen from Xhaka so far this season.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website before Sunday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth, Wenger said: “I’m very happy with Granit’s commitment. I think he’s developing well. He hasn’t maybe started enough since the start of the season but he is adapting to a different league, a different way of playing.

“Overall I’m happy because every day he’s focused on working hard and I’m confident he’ll get his number of games.

“In November you see the first signs of players who need a little breather, especially in areas where you fight and run a lot. I try to combine both to give players fresh legs and also get around the fact that Santi’s not there.”

Arsenal will now turn their attentions towards their EFL Cup quarter-final clash against Southampton at The Emirates on Wednesday night.

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The north London side were 2-0 winners over Reading in the previous round to reach the last eight.

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