Arsenal’s newest signing Granit Xhaka spoke to three ex-Gunners before making the move to the Emirates, with the Swiss international getting advice from a number of teammates about his switch to the Premier League, as reported by the Express.
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As the report states, Xhaka recently completed his £30m move to north London. Before making the move he spoke to former Borussia Monchengladbach teammate Hvard Nordtveit and Swiss pair Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos about their respective times at Arsenal.
Nordveit obviously has less experience of first team football with Arsenal than the two senior centre-backs, but they all know about the atmosphere and the ethos at the club.
“I spoke with [Nordtveit] about Arsenal and he told me it’s a big club, a family club and it’s very important for me to come here,” Xhaka said.
“Philippe played here and I play with him in the national team. Johan and Philippe have only told me positive things.
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“Arsenal is Arsenal. It’s not a small club, it’s a very big club and it’s like a family. It’s very good for me because I love my family and to have another family here is very good.”
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The family atmosphere at Arsenal is a big draw for a lot of players, who want to feel part of something bigger rather than just a cog in a faceless machine. Combined with the legend status Arsene Wenger has, it’s easy to see why Xhaka was so easily convinced to make the move to Arsenal. Pretty much every ex-Arsenal player talks very highly of the club, with the only exceptions being absolute worms like Samir Nasri.