Arsenal are renowned for being conservative in the transfer window, but were quick out of the blocks this summer. Their £30 million move for Granit Xhaka has, uncharacteristically, been one of the weightier Premier League deals.
The Swiss midfielder had also attracted interest from Liverpool however and is believed to have had numerous potential destinations.
Nonetheless, the 23-year-old has revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail that he was desperate to move to the Emirates in particular. As regards to ambition and desire, it certainly looks promising for Gooners.
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After four years in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, Xhaka made the first major move of his career on May 25.
Two months later and the 23-year-old got his first chance to impress in an Arsenal shirt against the MLS All Stars. Despite only being handed 45 minutes, he produced a confident display that showed great promise.
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On the back of the 2-1 victory, Xhaka offered an insight into the motives behind his Arsenal move:
"A while ago, I spoke to Arsene Wenger. But this club fits to me and I fit to it. Arsenal play attractive football and I enjoy that. I think you could see against the MLS side that this team has a lot of quality and we'll give our all to show that on the pitch.
'It's a really nice feeling to play for such a great and big club for the first time. I really enjoyed it and I think it showed on the pitch that I've been welcomed really well, that I have the trust of my team-mates. I'm really pleased to have finally played my first game."
The ex-Basel stalwart was also linked with a move to Anfield this summer before his eventual move to north London. Aside from shedding light on why he picked Arsenal, the Swiss international was also keen to quash Liverpool related myths.
Xhaka briefly addressed the issue by explaining he "personally never had contact with (Jurgen) Klopp or Liverpool."
Consequently, Gooners can be buoyed by the fact the Emirates was the only real destination for Xhaka. It’s certainly the mentality that Arsene Wenger will have been looking for.
With his first minutes in the red jersey under his belt, it can only be hoped that Xhaka transfers his positive start into the Premier League. Besides, if Arsenal are to finally end their league title drought, they’ll need him fit and firing.
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