Granit Xhaka’s older brother, Taulant, says that the Arsenal midfielder is enjoying life at his new club, and with some patience will really grow to become a big part of Arsene Wenger’s plans.
The Xhaka brothers come face to face on Wednesday evening when FC Basel travel to London for a Champions League tie, and ahead of that the elder of the two has had his say about his brother’s start to life at the Gunners.
“He needs to be patient but he knows this and I am sure he can progress there,” he said. “Arsene Wenger is a coach who takes a lot of young players — he gives them confidence and also tries to help them as people.
“It was the same when he moved to Germany, he needed time but he learnt a lot. He changed, became more self-confident, more open to people. It was a good step to join Arsenal.
“Granit is very comfortable, very integrated. He is very happy there and he has already scored some super goals.”
Having played against each other for their respective countries at the European Championships this summer, Xhaka Sr reckons it’ll be a tasty encounter at the Emirates.
“To play against Arsenal is a childhood dream. It will be special. We both go into it with the same thoughts, that we need to win and give everything.
“We speak every day, but before a game sometimes not because we have to focus. We won’t tell each other how the teams play — we are professional.
“I hope that after the game we can meet quickly. I need to ask the coach, so hopefully we win and he’s in a good mood!”