Xhaka can be as good as Italy legend Andrea Pirlo

NEW Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka can be as good as Andrea Pirlo, according to former Gunners defender Johan Djourou.

Arsene Wenger completed the signing of the £30m Swiss international today as he starts a mass overhaul of his squad.

Granit Xhaka can be as good as Italy legend Andrea Pirlo

And Djourou believes Xhaka can be as good as Italy legend Andrea Pirlo.

He told the Daily Mirror: “Granit is a great ball player. The guy has a magical left foot. He can ping the ball all over the place.

“He is a strong tackler – he is very hard going into tackles – and overall he is a very, very, very good player.

“He can see a pass. He can tackle, he can assist. I would say, if I am being honest, there is a little bit of a Pirlo about him, just in terms of the precision that he plays the ball with. Granit can play those types of ball.

“He can come and get the ball and ping it 40 yards onto your feet. He is that kind of player, but with more physicality to his game.

“It is hard to give a perfect description but I would say he has a bit of Pirlo about him.”

Djourou also feels Xhaka will have no problems with adapting to the Premier League for Arsenal next season.

He added: “I think he will cope well because he has the physicality aspect to his game already.

“Sometimes when people come to the Premier League they are surprised at how physical it actually is. But he already has that.

“He is a player who gets a lot of yellow cards because in Germany it is maybe a bit too hard for his opponents. But English football will be perfect for him.”

Xhaka will be part of Switzerland’s squad for the upcoming European Championships in France.

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