Granit Xhaka says it’s perfectly normal that it has taken him a little bit of time to adjust to life at Arsenal.
The Swiss international – if you believe sections of the media – hasn’t come to grips with English football yet, but it feels like that’s just poor analysis. He’s made 17 appearances, scored a couple of goals, and bar that harsh red card has performed well whenever called upon.
However, Arsene Wenger has eased him into life at the club, and the 24 year old says it’s part and parcel of football.
“Actually, it’s normal when you come to a new club and country,” he said. “You need to get used to the language, the philosophy of the team, the squad, the coach.
“But I do feel very happy and comfortable here, and I know the potential I have. In football you just have to develop yourself.”
Xhaka faces his brother again at his former club when we play FC Basel in the Champions League later on. It’s also a bit of a homecoming for fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny who joined the Gunners from the Swiss side in January of this year.