Wenger expects Xhaka impact

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he expects summer signing Granit Xhaka to have a huge impact on the side.

Arsenal: Wenger expects Xhaka impactArsenal: Wenger expects Xhaka impact

The Swiss international joined the Gunners for £35m from Borussia Monchengladbach but has seen his opportunities limited to date, with Wenger keen to bed him in slowly.

Competition for places in midfield remains as high as ever at the Emirates Stadium but the Frenchman is expected to utilise all of the resources available to him in his side’s title push.

Wenger admits he is taking his time with the 23-year-old, as he knows just how big an asset he could prove to be for the club.

“Every week he [Xhaka] is stronger and better. I think he will play a big part,” he told reporters. “He has the stature, the power the strength. Many players it took some time to get into the team, it happens.

“Look, in one or two occasions [he struggled]. I think he has adapted quite well. His physical strength and power allows him to pretend to play straight away.

“I prefer him as a box-to-box player. He has the engine to have an impact with his runs. He is highly focused.”

Arsenal have won on their last two outings in the Premier League and punters may opt to use their free bet to back Xhaka and co to extend that run when they travel to Hull on Saturday.

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