Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been given some words of advice by a player he’ll line up against on Wednesday night, who also just so happens to be his brother.
FC Basel defender Taulant Xhaka will try and deny the Gunners a win in their Champions League clash this week, but he has been left impressed by his brother’s start to life in England.
However, he believes that there is still plenty more to come from the Swiss international, but it will require patience on both sides to continue to allow him to adapt to the Premier League, while experience will only come with playing time and that will help him further.
“He needs to be patient but he knows this and I am sure he can progress there,” Taulant told Blick.
“Arsene Wenger is a coach who takes a lot of young players, he gives them confidence and also tries to help them as people.
“It was the same when he moved to Germany, he needed time but he learnt a lot. He changed, became more self-confident, more open to people.”
Xhaka has already made an impression at the Emirates with his performances in general, while he’s also scored two stunning goals for the Gunners.
However, with Francis Coquelin now expected to be ruled out for a lengthy period of time through injury, the 24-year-old will be expected to play an even bigger role for Wenger’s side and will have the opportunity to build on the seven appearances he has already made for his new club.
The Xhaka brothers crossed paths earlier this summer at Euro 2016 when they lined up for Switzerland and Albania, now Taulant will be looking to deal a blow to his sibling’s side by ending their seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal go into the game as heavy favourites.