Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Switzerland international Granit Xhaka after securing the final details of a £35million deal to br...
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Switzerland international Granit Xhaka after securing the final details of a £35million deal to bring in the midfielder from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Xhaka has put pen to paper on a five-year contract worth £110,000-per-week and has passed a medical ahead of his move going through when the transfer window opens next week.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: 'Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.
The 23-year-old Swiss midfielder arrives from the German outfit –a side he captained to fourth place in the Bundesliga last season and Champions League qualification in the past two seasons.
Xhaka, who has made 41 international appearances for Switzerland, joined Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 from his hometown club FC Basel where he spent 10 years, progressing through the youth ranks.
During his time with Basel, Xhaka won two Swiss League titles and the Swiss Cup in a Double-winning season in 2011/12.
So, Who Is £35million Arsenal Signing Granit Xhaka?
Granit Xhaka can play as a defensive midfielder or deep lying playmaker and has been described as a young Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The 23-year-old had been mooted as a potential replacement for Xabi Alonso at Bayern Munich but Arsenal's interest and his desire to play in the Premier League will see him head to north London instead.
Born in Basle, he came up through the Swiss champions' academy system before graduating to the first team, featuring in the Champions League and helping the club secure a league-and-cup double before leaving for Borussia Monchengladbach.
He signed, as a 19-year-old, for around £6.5million and his box-to-box physical style and passing impressive range drew admirers in the Bundesliga before Arsenal made their move.
Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic said of Xhaka: 'Granit has the ambition and the confidence to make it all the way to the top at international level.
'From a mental point of view he is ready to guide a team in the right direction. You can feel his respect for the older leaders in the team. I take that as a sign for his social intelligence.
'He doesn't look for conflicts, he looks for responsibility.'