After losing out on what many people saw as a golden opportunity to end their hunt for a Premier League title last season, Arsenal knew they needed to bring in reinforcements over the summer as they attempt to see off the challenge of several resurgent rivals.
Although the north London club haven't appeased their fans with any big name signings in recent weeks, they did get one piece of good business done early in the transfer window by adding Granit Xhaka to the squad.
The Swiss midfielder is expected to bring a more combative, physical approach to Arsenal's midfield and his arrival has put pressure on the likes of local boy Jack Wilshere who may struggle for game time.
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Speaking today though as Arsenal prepare to face the MLS All-Stars on their pre-season tour of America, the Englishman had nothing but praise for his new teammate. In fact, he spelt out three reasons why Xhaka can be a key piece in the Arsenal jigsaw this season.
"I've played against him a few times at youth level for England and also for the first team with England, so I know him quite well," Wilshere said, via the Gunners' official website.
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"I've always thought he was a good player, he's very strong and has got a good left foot.
"He's a leader, he can hold the midfield together and can get things going from back to front. He's a good signing."
The comments will delight Arsenal fans who are hoping Xhaka can add a steel to their team's midfield that many believe was lacking as they allowed Leicester to outlast them in the chase for the title in 2015/16.
However, reading them over once again, Wilshere's breakdown of his midfield partner could easily be a description of his own supposed attributes.
A good left foot, strength and the ability to lead are all things fans have seen Wilshere display at the Emirates at times during his career.
However, injuries have largely prevented the England international from making that next step and truly capitalising on the obvious talents at his disposal. In reality, his inability to stay on the pitch is likely part of the reason Arsene Wenger opted to splash the cash on Xhaka this summer.
The Arsenal faithful, not to mention Wenger himself, will have their fingers crossed that the new arrival has better luck than his new teammate.
Only time will tell, though, and Xhaka will need to hit the ground running if he is to keep Wilshere from taking his place in the starting lineup.
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