Arsenal's 'perfect signing' Xhaka will 'set tempo'
DEFENDER Per Mertesacker expects Granit Xhaka to set the tempo from the Arsenal engine room this season and described him as the "perfect signing" for the club.
The 23-year-old, who joined Arsenal in May, captained Borussia Moenchengladbach to fourth place last season and also helped Switzerland reach the last 16 of Euro 2016.
British media reported his transfer fee at about £30 million (S$54 million), which would make the midfield enforcer Arsenal's third-most-expensive signing behind Mesut Oezil and Alexis Sanchez.
"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," Mertesacker told the club's website.
"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."
The London side open their 2016-17 league campaign at home against Liverpool on Aug 14.