Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka says it has taken time to get used to life at Arsenal after his summer move from Monchengladbach.
“Well, actually, it’s normal when you come to a new club and country,” he said. “You need to get used to the language, the philosophy of the team, the squad, the coach.
“But I do feel very happy and comfortable here, and I know the potential I have. In football you just have to develop yourself.”
Wenger also said Xhaka is ready to make an impact in north London.
“He is adjusting,” Wenger said. “Coming to a new club, where there is a big competition for places… he has kept his focus and has done his job well every day. I believe he has adjusted to the intensity of the game already and the duels in the middle of the park.
“He has the stature to deal with that. He can bring a good balance between offensive efficiency and defensively as well. He has improved already all round.”
Victory over Xhaka’s former club at their St. Jakob-Park home will not be enough for Arsenal to leapfrog Paris Saint-Germain at the head of Group A if the Ligue 1 champions see off Ludogorets in France.
Ahead of the final matchday, the list of group winners set to be potential opponents for Arsenal in the round-of-16 is currently made up by Napoli, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.