Arsenal have officially announced the signing of Granit Xhaka, in what has been this summer’s worst kept secret. The club confirmed the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder will link up with the Gunners squad after Euro 2016, with the Swiss international’s contract commencing July 1 2016 (via Arsenal.com).
Xhaka, 23, despite his young age brings with him a wealth of experience at club and international level, having captained Monchengladbach and amassing 41 caps for his country.
The combative midfielder has linked up with his Switzerland team mates ahead of this summers European championships, but was shot in Arsenal colours over the weekend with the deal finally announced today. Arsene Wenger is happy to welcome the promising youngster into the engine room that needs bolstering after the departures of free-agents Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta.
“Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience,” the manager said (via Arsenal.com). “We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad.
“We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.”
When asked about his playing style, Xhaka described himself as ‘an aggressive player and also a leader’ – exactly what Arsenal’s midfield needs.
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With the summer expected to be a busy one for Arsenal, Xhaka’s signature is a very good place to start.