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Arsenal summer signing Granit Xhaka does not want to make the same mistakes he made at Borussia Monchengladbach.
The midfielder joined Arsenal from the German club for a fee of over £30m in May and he is keen not to let the price tag affect his performances.
Xhaka joined Monchengladbach as a 17-year-old for around €8.5m, which was a big fee for a player of his age at the time and allowed the price tag affect his performances on the pitch. He claims he succumbed to the pressure of being an expensive player and made simple mistakes.
“Well I made my debut at Basel when I was 17,” he explained.
“Two years later I moved to Gladbach and I made a mistake in that I put lots of pressure on myself. I wanted to do everything at once and prove to the fans that I was worth the transfer fee. I think as a result I struggled in my first six months. Maybe I talked too much off the pitch and didn’t do enough on it. That’s an experience I definitely don’t want to have again here.
“I made simple mistakes – things like misplacing five-metre passes. But I’ve become very strong mentally and I think that period of time after moving from Basel to Gladbach played a big part in that.”
Xhaka should be able to handle the pressure of being an expensive buy this time around, he has grown as a player both mentally and physically since he first joined Monchengladbach. He is one of the few players with leadership qualities in Arsenal’s squad and the Switzerland international can become a top class player for the club despite his huge transfer fee.