Granit Xhaka was officially announced as an Arsenal man on Wednesday and the player has already been giving interviews to the media in his home country about the move.
Currently on international duty with Switzerland ahead of the Euros, Xhaka revealed that he didn’t like having to keep quiet about the transfer.
Ask if he was happy that his future was now sorted, Xhaka said “And how! These were difficult days for me. I had to keep my mouth shut, although I do not like to do that.
“It is good that now everything came out. I opted for Arsenal.
“And I decided for Switzerland. These discussions about the Kosovo issue were a burden for me.
“Now I am glad that I can travel to the European Championship with clear head and finally have peace.”
He was also asked about how it felt being the most expensive Swiss player in history. He replied “This is not so important to me.
“It clearly makes me proud also because you can see the work behind it.
“I had become enormously ripe at 23, in a leader role in Mönchengladbach.”
He also spoke about why he chose Arsenal “Arsenal’s interest in me was big and very long (oh er).
“Last summer, Arsène Wenger called me for the first time.
“Arsenal is a club that plays great football, football, which is also for the eye.
“I think I fit perfectly with the club.
“And I’m also one who can put a physical mark [on the game].
“This is needed at a club that wants to play in the Champions League again.
“There were also some contacts with other clubs. But nothing was concrete.
“Last Friday I signed the contract finally.”
Finally, he was asked how his life would change by moving to London and he replied “I think by not much.
“But thank God my wife is with me.
“Then I have someone to talk when things are not going so well.
“In my private life, not much will change. But logically, London is a metropolis, it does not compare with Mönchengladbach.”
Welcome to London, Granit.