Mertesacker hails Xhaka arrival

Per Mertesacker has hailed new Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka as the perfect signing.
Per Mertesacker has hailed new Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka as the perfect signing. (Picture: Twitter)
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has hailed new midfielder Granit Xhaka as the perfect signing for the Gunners ahead of next season.

Xhaka joined Arsene Wenger's side for a fee believed to be in the region of £35 million from Monchengladbach.

Mertesacker admits he has been following the midfielder's progress in the Bundesliga and feels his ability and leadership will be a great asset to the side, while also revealing that he will do all he can to make the 23-year-old feel welcome in London.

"I don't know him personally but that doesn't matter, we will get along with each other very quickly because he is a good player and has done so much for Borussia Monchengladbach," the former Germany international told the club's website.

"He can speak German as well, so it will be a joy to get his first year going and help him bed in as a player.

"He's a leader and that is really important, especially in midfield. He has got a very good attitude, is very composed on the ball and contributes a lot.

"He is a good passer as well, so he will set the tempo. I am looking forward to how he does it, how composed he will be in training and in the games. He will be the perfect signing for us."