After an uncertain start to his Premier League career, Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka accepts he will have to improve his English to settle properly in London.
“I am not the kind of guy who speaks English perfectly, but I can talk to people well enough,” Xhaka told Arsenal.com.
“Interviews are the only little problem. But I go to language school once a week and learn some English there to help me with interviews and also with my personal life.
“What I can tell is that people here speak very differently to what we learned in school! Still, I don’t have too much trouble understanding people but I have difficulty answering in English.
“Many players have offered me help in case I need something. They told me to be open and frank, and I have been very well received. It is very important for me to feel that the players are on my side.
“Maybe about one or two days before I flew here, I had a chat with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain He told me that if I needed something, I should just shout. But he was not the only one.”
Xhaka was left out of the starting line-up for the defeat by Liverpool, looking well off the pace when he arrived as a substitute. And while he started against Leicester, he clearly tired late in the game and made one glaring error that created a clear opening for Jamie Vardy.
And while he accepts it has been a whirlwind start to life in England, he has no regrets about making the move from Borussia Monchengladbach.
“It has been a quick first month, one that passed very quickly and one in which I saw lots of nice things.
“We were in the US, in Norway and Sweden, so my first impressions are superb. I imagined it to be exactly like that. I am very happy to have taken this step to come here.”