Granit Xhaka seems to be a big fan of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez and insists that he can learn from them while at Arsenal.
Speaking to Appenzeller Zeitung, the midfielder revealed that he may not be as confident as he first seems because there was a little bit of nervousness when he signed for the Gunners back before the Euros.
The Switzerland international went on to name Ozil, Cazorla and Alexis as key players who he can learn from because of their strong personalities and world class balls (wheeey).
“I have to admit that in the first few days there was an undeniable nervousness,” he said.
“You can see the players are world class just by the way they pass the ball.
“Ozil, Sanchez and Cazorla for example, are huge personalities. Even though the club has spent more money on me, there’s still a great deal I can learn from them, in every respect.
“Things like their work ethic and ambition are impressive. You can’t afford to rest on your laurels at all or you’ll instantly be on the bench.”
Considering Xhaka’s long passes are some of the best I’ve seen, I don’t think he needs too much direction in that sense but when it comes to younger players, they can always learn from their elders. Obviously, Alexis and Ozil aren’t that much older than the 23-year-old but they’ve arguably been at the top level for a little longer. Sharing experiences can be really helpful.