‘Xhaka will set the tempo for us’

Per Mertesacker says Granit Xhaka is the “perfect signing” for Arsenal as he will set the tempo from the base of the midfield.

The Switzerland international made his name in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, before moving to north London this summer.


'I’m aggressive and also a leader'

“I don’t know him personally but that doesn’t matter, we will get along with each other very quickly because he is a good player and has done so much for Borussia Monchengladbach,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player.

“He can speak German as well, so it will be joy to get his first year going and help him bed in as a player.

“He’s a leader and that is really important, especially in midfield. He has got a very good attitude, is very composed on the ball and contributes a lot.

“He is a good passer as well, so he will set the tempo. I am looking forward to how he does it, how composed he will be in training and in the games. He will be the perfect signing for us.”


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