Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami believes Granit Xhaka will be a perfect fit at Arsenal owing to the midfielder having a good combination of technical ability and tough tackling style of play. The Switzerland international joined the Gunners for a reported £34 ($48m) from Borussia Monchengladbach before the start of the European Championship finals in France on 10 June.
Arsene Wenger was keen to sign a midfielder to fill the void left by the departures of Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta and had identified Xhaka as the perfect candidate to the wealth of talent the north London club possess in their midfield. The 23-year-old is a box-to-box ball playing midfielder, who can also sit deep and provide protection to the back four.
The former Gladbach skipper is currently with the Swiss national team playing at the Euros, and played a key role in their opening victory over Albania in group A. He picked up the man of the match award after an assured display, which saw him control the game from the middle of the park, while playing over 100 passes during the course of the 90 minutes.
Behrami is confident that he will be a good player for Arsenal once Xhaka adapts to the Premier League, and has made it clear that he will help his compatriot settle down, as he plays for London rivals Watford. The former West Ham United midfielder believes that the physical nature of the Premier League will suit the Swiss midfielder.
"Everybody needs time and he will need time as well, but he is a great player. He's a top player and he's going to go to play in a team which is good for his quality because he likes to play the ball and he's quite technical," Behrami said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"And he can do both sides. He can win the ball and he's got good tackling skills. I think he's a great signing for Arsenal and for him as well it's a great move."
"Many players take a while to get used to the physical side of English football but he is ready for that. He loves a tackle," the Watford midfielder added, as quoted by the Guardian.
"I'm going to help him with what he needs to settle down. I think he's going to have a great season in the Premier League," he concluded.