Arsenal’s Xhaka needs time to adapt to his new club

Granit Xhaka needs to be patient as he looks to settle at Arsenal, the player’s brother claimed.

The Swiss international could be in line to start for the Gunners tomorrow against his brother’s side Basel, having impressed in his rare outings so far this term.

Granit Xhaka has scored two spectacular long range strikes in recent weeks, and looks like he will get his chance to impress, with Francis Coquelin currently ruled out through injury.

The French midfielder has been part of Arsene Wenger’s favoured central pairing, alongside Santi Cazorla so far this year, with Mohamed Elneny and Xhaka forced to wait for their chances.

The summer signing has now been told that he must be patient as he looks to get his Arsenal career into full swing, ahead of the pair look to go head-to-head for the second time in a matter of months.

Taulant Xhaka said: “He needs to be patient but he knows this and I am sure he can progress there.

“Arsene Wenger is a coach who takes a lot of young players – he gives them confidence and also tries to help them as people.

“It was the same when he moved to Germany, he needed time but he learnt a lot. He changed, became more self-confident, more open to people. It was a good step to join Arsenal.

“Granit is very comfortable, very integrated. He is very happy there and he has already scored some super goals.”

Taulant also revealed that he is in constant contact with his sibling, and is hoping a win over his Arsenal relative will convince his boss to allow him time to converse with Granit.

He added: “We speak every day, but before a game sometimes not because we have to focus. We won’t tell each other how the teams play – we are professional.

“I hope that after the game we can meet quickly. I need to ask the coach, so hopefully we win and he’s in a good mood.”

Does Xhaka deserve to start tomorrow’s encounter? Does Granit deserve to be a first-team regular on his performances this far?

Pat J

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  1. Arsenal_Girl says:

    I think he has adapted well so far. If he can adapt more and play even better then we are in for a treat. The few times he has played I’ve been impressed 🙂

  2. Twig says:

    Nice Podolski goal from Schurrle

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    What more does Xhaka need to do? ?
    Two screamers in a row and he has constantly shown that he can pass a ball 30-40 yards straight to his team mates feet. Surely Xhaka has to be one of the first names on the team sheet.

    In other news, Ozil has apparently agreed to sign a massive contract extension, which includes the number 10 shirt.
    No details of fees etc were mentioned.

    1. Twig says:

      The screamers though nice are not his main job description.

  4. RSH says:

    he has impressed every time he has played. Though Coquelin has done little wrong when played ( rough moments in PSG game, but same can be said with 9 more starters that game). Opportunity has fallen for Xhaka to shine even more though. I think we’ll see Ozil, Elneny, and Xhaka all start. Elneny and Xhaka to play against former clubs, and Xhaka to face brother. Should be interesting…

  5. LiveSA says:

    Ozil’s goal against Chelsea is written quality all over it, from the build up to the final execution, just two quality players

    1. Twig says:

      For me the most startling thing about the game was Kante just jogging back to defend. Shocking.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Even the Ref out paced Kante lol ?

        For me! The most startling thing in the Chelsea game was seeing Wenger communicating to his players from the touch line. ?

        1. Twig says:

          If it was in the second half of extra time, fine. But come one, it was just the first half! 😮

  6. summerbreez says:

    The next 2 matches are very important we need 2 more convincing wins

  7. Big G says:

    Xhaka has done fantastically well so far and looks like he’s enjoying being at Arsenal. Can’t wait to see more of him on the pitch.

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