Date: 13th October 2016 at 1:33am
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With real football returning this weekend with the fixture against Swansea City, Granit Xhaka was speaking at the tail end of the international break and he was talking about how he was enjoying life in London following his summer arrival at the club, and he was also pleasantly surprised with the passion of the fans across games given his previous experiences in his career.

The midfielder came in from Borussia Monchengladback, where he was their skipper, and he told the Official Site that there were certainly plenty of differences between the two competitions as he’s now more adjusted to the Premier League.

‘Physically the English league is much harder then the Bundesliga. The tempo is higher and there`s lots of pressure, especially here at Arsenal, where there`s a lot more expectation than at Monchengladbach. But technically and tactically, I think the Bundesliga is on the same level as the Premier League.’

Not a surprising answer by any stretch of the imagination as all players making the switch from the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A or whatever always talk about the physicality of the English top flight and the tempo on show, but one difference that certainly stands out are the fans.

Nobody is saying fans abroad aren’t passionate – but apart from some less tasteful examples abroad – the tribal nature of the English game does stand out.

‘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. I`m a football freak. I`ll watch the Premier League, the Championship, League One, plus Serie A, the Bundesliga and of course the Swiss Super League. At my house there`s often football on.’

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