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Mertesacker calls new teammate Xhaka the 'perfect signing'

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Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of last month

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesPerfect? Granit Xhaka

Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has heaped praise on new teammate Granit Xhaka, telling Arsenal Player that he will be 'the perfect signing.'

Xhaka became Arsenal's first, and currently only, signing of the summer when he agreed a switch from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee somewhere around the £30-35 million mark.

The Swiss midfielder arrived at the Emirates to much fanfare, with many Gunners fans lauding him as the ideal defensive midfielder, a solution to problem that has persisted since the days of Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.

Albania's Taulant Xhaka and Switzerland's Granit XhakaAlbania's Taulant Xhaka and Switzerland's Granit Xhaka

Xhaka is renouned for his passing ability and tenacity in the tackle, and even his questionable disciplinary record has been welcomed in some quarters, with many seeing Xhaka as being capable of bringing a steeliness to the Arsenal core that has frequently labelled as frail in the past - a point illustrated by last season's title challenge implosion. 

The arrival of the former Gladbach skipper has been praised in the highest terms by his new teammate Per Mertesacker, who is very much looking forward to getting to know the 23 year old due to their shared parlance of German.

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker and Tottenham's Dele Alli in actionOptimistic: Per Mertesacker, left

"I don’t know him personally but that doesn’t matter, we will get along with each other very quickly because he is a good player and has done so much for Borussia Monchengladbach,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player.

“He can speak German as well, so it will be joy to get his first year going and help him bed in as a player.

“He’s a leader and that is really important, especially in midfield. He has got a very good attitude, is very composed on the ball and contributes a lot.

“He is a good passer as well, so he will set the tempo. I am looking forward to how he does it, how composed he will be in training and in the games. He will be the perfect signing for us.”

Bayern Munich v Borussia Moenchengladbach - German BundesligaXhaka captaining Gladbach against Bayern

Mertesacker is thought to be a leading contender to replace outgoing Mikel Arteta as the Arsenal's next captain.

The German is likely to face competition from centre-back partner Laurent Koscielny, and according to the Metro, even Xhaka himself, who has previous when it comes to leading a side - having done so at former club Gladbach since September of last year.

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