Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is of the opinion that the Premier League is more physical than the Bundesliga, although the ex-Monchengladbach man said both leagues are equal when it comes to technicality. Xhaka is clearly in awe of the footballing culture in England.
Rising from the youth ranks of FC Basel, Xhaka made a name for himself at German club Borussia Monchengladbach over the last three years. Arsenal signed the Swiss International in the recently concluded transfer window for a huge fee of 45 million Euros.
"Physically the English league is much harder than the Bundesliga,” Xhaka told Arsenal Player on Wednesday. "The tempo is higher and there's lots of pressure, especially here at Arsenal, where there's a lot more expectation than at Monchengladbach,” he added.
"But technically and tactically, I think the Bundesliga is on the same level as the Premier League.”
The midfielder also said that he is happy to have secured a move to the Premier League as the fans and the pitches here excite him as a player.
"I've watched a lot of Premier League in years gone by and you can see here that the people live for football. The atmosphere in the stadiums is unbelievable and it's really fun to play here. The pitches are cut really well and I'm pleased that I've taken this step," the 24-year old said.