Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is praising central midfielder Granit Xhaka, saying that the Swiss international will play a big part in the future of the club.
Xhaka, 23, has vowed to make an impact at the club and adapt quickly to the Premier League after joining the Gunners from German side Borussia Monchengladbach over the summer.
“I’m not somebody who gives up,” Xhaka said about himself to Arsenal Magazine. “I love playing football, I always want the ball and I’m not scared to play a risky pass.
“I’m a fighter too, and I think that’s a big advantage to have in the Premier League.”
So far, the Swiss midfielder has started in two Premier League games for the team, and Wenger believes that Xhaka is getting better by the week.
“Every week he [Xhaka] is stronger and better. I think he will play a big part,” Wenger said ahead the game away to Hull City on Saturday.
“He has the stature, the power the strength. Many players it took some time to get into the team, it happens.
“Look, in one or two occasions [he struggled]. I think he has adapted quite well. His physical strength and power allows him to pretend to play straight away.
“I prefer him as a box-to-box player. He has the engine to have an impact with his runs. He is highly focused. Elneny as well, both of them are focused and top, top quality.”
Arsenal sits in 7th place in the Premier League standings, after picking up two wins, a draw and a loss to start the season.