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'People in England live for football'

Granit Xhaka is enjoying life in London - and he’s been impressed by the passion for football in England.

The midfielder previously captained Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga, a competition he feels has a few noticeable differences to the Premier League.

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 “Physically the English league is much harder then the Bundesliga,” he told Arsenal Player. “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.

“I’m a football freak. I’ll watch the Premier League, the Championship, League One, plus Serie A, the Bundesliga and of course the Swiss Super League. At my house there’s often football on.”

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