Wenger signs ‘exciting young player’ Xhaka

Date published: Wednesday 25th May 2016 11:49

Arsene Wenger has welcomed the arrival of “exciting young player” Granit Xhaka after the club confirmed the signing of the Swiss international.

Xhaka has been signed in an apparent £34m deal from Borussia Monchengladbach, though Arsenal – as is traditional – say he has been signed ‘on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee’.

Arsène Wenger said: “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.

“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.”

Xhaka has experience playing in the Champions League for Gladbach and said he is now looking forward to joining “one of the biggest clubs in the world”.

“Now it’s official,” Xhaka wrote on Instagram. “From next season on I will play for @Arsenal. I want to thank everyone at @borussia.

“Together we brought the club back to where it belongs, to the Champions League. I will always look back with pleasure to that time. But from now on I’m totally focused on playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“It’s a big honour for me to wear the Arsenal jersey, as well as it has been an honour to play for Gladbach in the last four years. I hope we see each other again in the Champions League!”

Arsenal’s website says: ‘Xhaka has completed his medical and will join up with his new team-mates after Euro 2016. The transfer is subject to the completion of regulatory processes, with Xhaka’s contract with Arsenal commencing on July 1, 2016.

‘Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to welcoming Granit to the club in July.’

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