Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka was subjected to much mockery after one of his first interviews as an Arsenal player. Back in May, after securing a switch from Borussia Monchengladbach, the 23-year-old boasted about his leadership qualities via a very cringe anecdote.
“When I was younger, even though I had a big brother, my parents would give me the house key every day,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. “It’s in my head that I am a leader and captaining Monchengladbach was very good for me.”
Xhaka was immediately sent to Meme City, with Twitter trolls mocking the Arsenal new boy by creating a host of hilarious fictional Xhaka quotes.
Some stunning quotes from Arsenal’s new signing… pic.twitter.com/gAQnWLKAY9
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 26, 2016
If you thought the Xhaka quote about house keys was outrageous, get a load of his latest statement.
According to the London Evening Standard, Xhaka has cited Arsenal’s position as the greatest team on the planet as his reason for moving to the Emirates Stadium.
When asked by reporters in Kosovo why he had chosen to join Arsenal, Xhaka told Standard Sport: “They are the best team in the world.”
Sorry Granit, you’ve been misled.
Arsenal may be the cream of the crop when it comes to securing top-four finishes in the Premier League, but they haven’t even been the best team in England since 2004.
Standard Sport report that Xhaka is currently training with FC Prishtina in a bid to maintain his fitness, although an alternative theory is that he had to return to Kosovo after Euro 2016 because big bro Taulant Xhaka was locked out of their mum’s house and had been cowering on the front step even since Albania’s group-stage elimination.