Wenger: Xhaka Plays Like Petit

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Arsene Wenger has hailed the impact of Granit Xhaka at Arsenal. And believes the midfielder plays like ex-Arsenal man Emmanuel Petit.

The Swiss started against Leicester City and Watford, with his performance at Vicarage Road impressing Wenger.

And Wenger belives the Switzerland international has what it takes to replicate the displays put in by Petit, who won the Premier League with the north London outfit in 1997-98.

“He is a guy who plays naturally behind the ball, a bit similar to Petit in the way he plays football,” he told reporters.

“He likes to sit, give good long balls and be available for the centre-backs. He has a good mixture of short and long balls, and in midfield it is important for us to sometimes stretch defenders.

“We have a game that is based on shorter passes than other teams so sometimes you have a player who can kick the longer ball gives us a chance to get some oxygen and some space.

He already has experience abroad and that is reassuring. He was captain at his young age at Monchengladbach, which is not a small club, so he has leadership qualities.

He has a good engine, good stature, he is good in the air and has a good balance in his game, he has a good short ball and a good long ball.”

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