Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka says former Arsenal player Havard Nordtveit, Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos were all instrumental to his decision to join the “family” atmosphere at the Emirates.
Arsenal on Wednesday confirmed reaching an agreement with Xhaka to join the club on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee. The Swiss arrives in north London as Arsène Wenger’s first signing of the summer, having spent the last four years at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Speaking to the Gunners’ official website, Xhaka says his former Gladbach team-mate Nordtveit and Swiss compatriots Djourou and Senderos talked up the positive atmosphere at the club.
“I spoke with [Nordtveit] about Arsenal and he told me it’s a big club, a family club and it’s very important for me to come here.
“Philippe played here and I play with him in the national team. Johan and Philippe have only told me positive things. Arsenal is Arsenal. It’s not a small club, it’s a very big club and it’s like a family. It’s very good for me because I love my family and to have another family here is very good.” Xhaka told Arsenal Player.
Xhaka progressed through the youth ranks of Mohamed Elneny’s former side Basel, and the 23-year-old says he is looking forward to playing with the Egyptian.