Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has praised new signing Granit Xhaka following the Swiss midfielder’s arrival at Arsenal.
Xhaka, 23, completed his move to North London in May for a fee in the region of £34m, after captaining German side Borussia Möchengladbach to the top-four finish in the Bundesliga last season.
Speaking with Geoff Shreeves on Sky Sports News at the Premier League Launch Day at Market Road, Islington, Wilshere said, “He’s a good player. Sometimes it’s hard to believe he’s only 23. He’s been around for years.”
Wilshere recalled the time he faced Xhaka while on international duty with England, “I played against him on his debut for Switzerland at Wembley and you could tell then he had something about him.”
Xhaka has been highly impressive for Arsenal in pre-season. After a brilliant 45 minute cameo on his first appearance for the club against the MLS All-Stars, the young midfielder hasn’t looked back since and now looks set to start in Arsenal’s Premier League opener versus Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday.
Wilshere added, “He’s really calm on the ball and he breaks up play. You get the feeling he’s a natural leader. He gives that aura off that he’s calm and I think he’ll be a great addition to our squad.”