Xhaka pleads for time to settle in at Arsenal


Granit Xhaka feels it is just a matter of time before he proves his worth following an underwhelming start to his Arsenal career.

The Switzerland international completed a big-money pre-season move from Borussia Monchengladbach before featuring for his country at Euro 2016.

But he has struggled to impose himself in the Premier League ahead of a return to hometown club Basel in Tuesday's Champions League clash.

The 24-year-old has received the backing of his manager, though, and has no shortage of belief in his own ability.

"Actually, it's normal when you come to a new club and country [that it takes time]," said Xhaka.

"You need to get used to the language, the philosophy of the team, the squad, the coach. But I do feel very happy and comfortable here and I know the potential I have.

"In football you just have to develop yourself."

Arsenal have already qualified from Champions League Group A and beat Basel 2-0 on home soil in September.