Xhaka pleads for time to settle in at Arsenal

The Switzerland international has endured a testing start to life in England following a big-money move but retains full faith in his ‘potential’ to impress

Granit Xhaka feels it is just a matter of time before he proves his worth following an underwhelming start to his Arsenal career.

The Switzerland international completed a big-money pre-season move from Borussia Monchengladbach before featuring for his country at Euro 2016.

Xhaka needs big Basel homecoming

But he has struggled to impose himself in the Premier League ahead of a return to hometown club Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

The 24-year-old has received the backing of his manager, though, and has no shortage of belief in his own ability.

“Actually, it’s normal when you come to a new club and country [that it takes time],” said Xhaka.

“You need to get used to the language, the philosophy of the team, the squad, the coach. But I do feel very happy and comfortable here and I know the potential I have.

“In football you just have to develop yourself.”

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Wenger recently said of Xhaka: “He’s more a deep playmaker I think than a box-to-box player. He does not get into the final third of the opposition half a lot.

“He is more a guy who has a fantastic pass to play through the lines. He gets the ball from the defenders and finds the high midfield.

“He needs to adapt to the way we play and the tactical pace of the English game.

“I am confident he will do very well.

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“People want you to buy players but when you buy them we only pick 11 and not 22 and they feel sorry for the 11 who do not play. But you want them to compete and convince you that they can get in the team and it becomes obvious they have to play.

Arsenal have already qualified from Champions League Group A and beat Basel 2-0 on home soil in September.

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