Granit Xhaka compared to Charlie Adam by Neil Lennon

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It's safe to say that Hibernian boss Neil Lennon hasn't been too impressed with new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka.

Indeed, Lennon has compared the Switzerland international to the tough tackling Stoke City midfielder. 

Xhaka, 23, completed a move to the Gunners from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach before the start of the European Championships.


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Understandably, then, Arsenal fans would have been excited to see Xhaka in action at Euro 2016, but he's failed to truly stamp his mark on the tournament. 

Switzerland secured second place in Group B as they held France to a 0-0 draw on Monday night. Xhaka may well have struggled during the opening couple of games of the tournament, but he put in an admirable performance against the likes of Paul Pogba and co.

Xhaka like Adam 

But is Xhaka really like Adam? Well, according to former Bolton manager Lennon, he is...

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, as per the Mirror, Lennon stated: "I've not been that impressed. He [Xhaka] is alright. He reminds me of Charlie Adam."

As you can imagine, then, Arsenal fans have reacted in style to Lennon's comments. Fans of the north London club have brutally hit out at Lennon. 

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Wenger comments

Let's be honest, it's unlikely that Wenger would have splashed the cash on the Swiss ace if he thought he was a similar player to Adam. 

The former Liverpool player isn't a bad player, but he's certainly not the type of player that suits the Gunners. 

Following the deal, Arsene Wenger insisted that Xhaka would 'add quality' to his squad ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. 

Wenger said, as per the Daily Mail: "Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.

"We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad. We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season."

Upon signing for Arsenal, Xhaka confirmed the notion that he will bring an aggressive style to the side. 

He stated: "I remember I was young and the first game I watched was in the Premier League. It’s a big dream for me and now that I’m here I am very, very happy.

"I like the style of football in the Premier League," Xhaka said. "It’s aggressive and I like the way Arsenal play football. It’s not like other countries but it’s very nice here.

"In Germany you can play aggressively but the referee will always blow his whistle, but in England that’s not the case. That’s better for me."

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