Arsene Wenger told me Arsenal was 'paradise,' says Granit Xhaka

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Last summer, Arsene Wenger failed to buy a single outfield player ahead of their twelfth consecutive failed attempt to win the Premier League.

But Wenger is hoping that it will be lucky number 13 for the club this time around and he’s not leaving anything to chance.

He is keen to give his side the best possible opportunity of winning the title by splashing the cash - and he's already started.


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Of course, next season could be Wenger’s last at the Emirates with his contract due to expire and, if he does leave north London next summer, he wants to go out on a high.

He has already confirmed the signing of Granit Xhaka while also triggering the £20 million release clause of Jamie Vardy. Wenger definitely isn’t prepared to make the same mistake twice.

Xhaka signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in a £34 million deal last month and has revealed the words that Wenger used to convince him to join the Gunners.

Wenger the legend

“It was madness, he's a legend to me,” Xhaka told Bild.

“Suddenly he is on the mobile and wants me. I will never forget his first sentence. 

“He said: 'If you want to enjoy football, you have to join us. Here is the paradise.' He has an incredibly calm but convincing manner. It makes me proud to work under such a coach.”

Arsenal were in hot pursuit of the Switzerland international for weeks before they finally struck a deal with Gladbach’s club captain.

Deal wrapped up early

And the midfielder has revealed that he was desperate to have to deal wrapped up before this summer’s tournament - unlike a certain Vardy.

“It was very important [to sign before Euro 2016], I wanted it by any means,” he said. "It can be very costly if you don't have a clear mind during a tournament. 

“Then agents or clubs call you all the time, you are just distracted. I am just delighted that everything's sorted now.”

Midfield talent

Xhaka’s arrival means Arsenal’s midfield is swimming with talent ahead of next season. The Swiss will join the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey to give the Gunners added steel and quality ahead of the next season.

If Wenger can use his magic words to convince a few more transfer targets to join, Arsenal could finally end their long wait for Premier League glory.

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