Arsenal summer signing Granit Xhaka has revealed that he was nervous following his transfer to the Emirates with the deluge of star names on the Gunners roster and having to play alongside them from the outset. The north London club have Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and the likes of Aaron Ramsey on the list, something Xhaka was wary of, coming into the team from the relative anonymity of Borussia Monchengladbach.
"I have to admit that in the first few days there was an undeniable nervousness,' Xhaka told Appenzeller Zeitung, as quoted by the Mirror."You can see the players are world class just by the way they pass the ball. Ozil, Sanchez and Cazorla for example, are huge personalities.
"Even though the club has spent more money on me, there's still a great deal I can learn from them, in every respect. Things like their work ethic and ambition are impressive. You can't afford to rest on your laurels at all or you'll instantly be on the bench," he added.
Xhaka started in their last two games against Leicester City and Watford while coming in as a second half substitute in their 4-3 loss to Liverpool at the Emirates. The Gunners had to spend £30m ($40m) for his signature but Xhaka insists that despite costing more than a majority of his team members, he was awed by the way they passed the ball around.
The north London club ended their summer business with six new signings, with the likes of Rob Holding, Takuma Asano, Kelechi Nwakali, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi also getting their name on the squad list. Asano and Nwakali have been sent on loan after their failure to get a permit in England.
Arsenal will face Southampton in their next game at the Emirates, having secured only four points from their opening three fixtures. Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has been sent on a season-long loan to Bournemouth as he looks to gain full fitness by playing week in week out.