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Granit Xhaka: What Arsene Wenger said to convince me to join Arsenal this summer


Arsenal's first summer signing Granit Xhaka says it was "madness" to be on the phone with boss Arsene Wenger.

The 23-year-old explained how he was delighted to make contact with the Frenchman over a possible move to the Emirates as he revealed what the manager told him to convince him to accept the offer.

"It was madness to speak to Wenger. He is a legend for me, he has always been a legend in my eyes," Xhaka told Sport Bild.

"And then all of a sudden he's on the phone and tells me he wants to sign me.

"He told me to come to Arsenal if I wanted to enjoy playing football and said Arsenal is like paradise.

"It was very important to me to complete the transfer before Euro 2016.

"I wanted to have a clear mind during the tournament. I didn't want agents or clubs distracting me.

"I am delighted everything has been sorted now."

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