Granit Xhaka says it is a “dream” to join Arsenal, now that his transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach has been finalised.
The 23-year-old secured a move to Emirates Stadium this week for a reported fee of close to €40million after an impressive four-year spell in the Bundesliga.
The midfielder, compared to Andrea Pirlo by former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou, is believed to have sealed the move prior to Euro 2016 and is relishing the prospect of his first appearance under Arsene Wenger.
“I feel good, now I’m happy to be a Gunner,” Xhaka told Sky Sports News after Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Belgium on Saturday.
“It’s been a big week for me, but now it’s official and I’m very happy. Arsenal is a big club. I’ve seen the pitch, it’s unbelievable. It was a dream for me and I’m happy now.”
Xhaka, captain for much of the season under Andre Schubert, made 36 appearances for Gladbach in all competitions this season.
Djourou, who played for the Gunners until 2014, believes Xhaka has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League.
He told Sky Sports: “He’s got this ability to play very long balls, very precise balls, and I always say he reminds me a bit of Pirlo, the way he plays.
“He’s got the ability to play the Arsenal way. He’s got this aggressiveness about him that will help him in the Premier League, and he’s a great ball player and ball winner as well.”
He added: “He asked me a lot of things about London, the club, and I could only say great things about it because I had a great experience there.
“I think that the people at the club are just amazing, and those who run the club as well. I think he’s going to have a great time.”