Granit Xhaka says life at Arsenal is ‘good’, ‘nice’ and ‘fun’…three adjectives we’d like to think we’d use* if we were ever to pull on the red and white at the Emirates.
The Swiss has featured 18 times for the Gunners so far this season, scored three goals and twice played against his brother, Taulant, in two victories over former club Basel.
Speaking after the latest win, a 4-1 drubbing at St Jakob Park that helped Arsene Wenger’s men to top spot in Champions League Group A, Xhaka was in a chipper mood.
“It’s a good experience, a nice experience,” he told Arsenal Player of his time as a Gunner.
“Arsenal is a very big club and it’s so much fun to play alongside my team-mates. I’m really happy here.
“I came home after five years. Here at Basel is where I made my first professional steps, I came up and grew up through the FC Basel school.
“Tonight I played against my brother for the third time [too], and it’s always special to play against him.”
Elsewhere, Alex Iwobi admits he’s pleased to break his scoring duck this season after netting Arsenal’s fourth against Basel.
The Nigerian couldn’t really miss following Mesut Ozil’s fine assist and he was happy for the German to take the plaudits.
“It’s been a good night. I wouldn’t say my goal was a cracker but it was a great assist by Mesut.
“It’s felt like a long time coming and it’s always a great feeling to score a goal, but I’m just pleased with the team¹s performance and that we were able to finish top of the group.
“Having a second leg at home is a big advantage [in the knockout stage] and it gives you the belief that you can do it. However, the Champions League is full of top teams.”
*for the record Arseblog News would also be tempted to pepper interviews with ‘super’, ‘smashing’, ‘lush’ and ‘tidy’. If that sounds tempting Arsene, give us a call.