At last, It’s official.
I say at last because virtually every person in the world had known about the Xhaka deal since Saturday (thanks to Online Soccer Betting sites) but it took the mighty Arsenal till Wednesday to announce the deal officially.
Along with every other Arsenal fan in the world, I was very pleased when the pictures of Xhaka leaked on Saturday but then again from experience, the Arsenal fan in me didnt’t want to believe the deal had been sealed till I saw it on the club website.
So while everyone was excited and already talking about the next player we should sign, I just stayed and kept on refreshing arsenal.com and checking their twitter account for an official statement. And now it’s done, our chances of winning the Premier League again have surely raised.
Some sources said the club were waiting till they officially launched the new jersey which was done on Monday before they announced Xhaka.
Speaking of the new jersey, I really like the jersey, well save for that line down the centre which some people have joked was a sign from puma representing the WOBs and AKBs and I think the away and alternative kits would be even better.
I cannot wait to see us kick some ass wearing that kit next season.
Okay Okay back to Xhaka, he has been speaking of his delight at completing the deal and how excited he is at the prospect of moving to London and playing in the Premier League.
Asked whether he felt Arsenal could compete for the Premier League title next season, Xhaka said: ‘I hope so. I am very happy to be here. It’s a dream come true and I’m happy.
‘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.’
Xhaka has been hailed for his box-to-box play and aggression in the Bundesliga and Arsenal’s big outlay comes with the expectation that he will adapt quickly to life in the Premier League.
‘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.
It’s amazing to know that we watched Xhaka play an amazing 30 times during the past season and it was only a matter of time till we signed him. Wenger himself spoke to that effect.
‘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.’