According to Granit Xhaka, Arsene Wenger urged him to join Arsenal by telling him it is ‘paradise’ at the club while also delivering a message Jamie Vardy should heed.
Speaking to Arsenal player, the Swiss midfielder is delighted about his move to the Emirates and highlighted how much he wanted to get the deal done before the Euros so that he wouldn’t be distracted during the tournament.
It is the total opposite of what we are told Vardy is doing as he takes his transfer baggage with him to the Euros (unless he’s already made a decision but is holding the announcement until after the tournament because it is good for Leicester’s profile to have a player in France – it’s a theory).
“It was madness,” Xhaka said, “he [Wenger] is a legend for me.
“He suddenly is on the mobile and wants me. I will never forget his first sentence. He said ‘If you want to enjoy football, you have to join us. Here is the paradise.’
“He has an incredibly calm but convincing manner. It makes me proud to work under such a coach.
“It was very important [to complete the deal before the tournament], I wanted it by all means.
“It could be very costly if you don’t have a clear mind during a tournament [hear that, Jamie!].
“Then agents or clubs call you all the time, you are distracted.
“I am just delighted that everything’s sorted now.”
So are we, Granit. So are we.
Granit Xhaka on Arsene Wenger and his move to Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/XLqIIIuNL9
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