Granit Xhaka impressed by world-class Arsenal team mates

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New Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka is trying his best to learn from his world-class colleagues Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla in order to try and bring about more distinguished success at the north London club.

The Swiss international was signed from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer in a £34m deal and became one of three marquee signings made by the Gunners; Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez being the other two to complete the transfer trio.

So far, Xhaka is the only major signing to appear for Arsenal with the others only signed by club just days before the official deadline.


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The 23-year-old has settled into Premier League life very quickly, enjoying his best game under Arsene Wenger in the recent 3-1 win over Watford as well as impressing in the 0-0 draw against the champions, Leicester City, prior to the victory over the Hornets.

Now, the combative central midfielder, who has been compared to Arsenal legend Emmauel Petit, believes the clout of his surrounding team mates will only further enhance his game:

"I have to admit that in the first few days there was an undeniable nervousness," Xhaka told Appenzeller Zeitung - per Sky Sports.

"You can see the players are world class just by the way they pass the ball.

"Ozil, Sanchez and Cazorla for example, are huge personalities. Even though the club has spent more money on me, there's still a great deal I can learn from them, in every respect.

"Things like their work ethic and ambition are impressive. You can't afford to rest on your laurels at all or you'll instantly be on the bench."

Xhaka has become aware of the enormous responsibility that comes with playing for a club like Arsenal but believes that the team are capable of making a sustained title challenge after their first three points of the season:

"Everything happens on a higher plain than it did at Borussia Moenchengladbach or FC Basel," Xhaka said.

"You become aware of the global perception of Arsenal when you're on the tour of the USA. Everywhere we went there were huge crowds waiting, the size of the club is unmistakable.

"I knew before I arrived that the pressure at a club that challenges for the title grows quickly. The season is long; we'll become stronger with every game."

Arsenal's next fixture see's them pitted against Southampton. Can Xhaka and the world class trio he is in awe of secure another priceless victory?

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