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All Quotes by author - Granit Xhaka
" A club like Arsenal, it's normal that expectations are high. This club must compete for titles, and that's what we want to do. "
" Actually, it's normal when you come to a new club and country: you need to get used to the language, the philosophy of the team, the squad, the coach. "
" Arsenal is Arsenal. It's not a small club; it's a very big club, and it's like a family. It's very good for me because I love my family, and to have another family here is very good. "
" Arsenal play attractive football, and I enjoy that. I think you could see against the MLS side that this team has a lot of quality, and we'll give our all to show that on the pitch. "
" Arsenal prepare the players in the best way. They pay attention to every detail. We are able to recover optimally during our flights. The food and the service, everything's geared perfectly to each other. "
" Arsenal were really interested in me for a long time, and I think that I fit into the football Arsenal play. "
" Each month from our income - we have a separate account, obviously - we give 80 percent of it to our parents back home. "
" Every Monday, we're asked to undertake jump tests to check the conditions of our muscles. There's nothing you can hide. Once a week, they do urine tests, and your body fat percentage is tested regularly. The doctors cover all bases. "
" Everyone fights for everyone else. If someone has a bad day, then the others are there for him. And if a player makes a mistake, then the others can compensate for that. Those sorts of things are crucial at this level, and it's really important that we perform as a unit. "
" Family is the most important thing to me. Especially my brother Taulant - we talk about everything together. "
" Here at Basel is where I made my first professional steps. I came up and grew up through the FC Basel school. "
" Here in the Premier League, you have to give 100 per cent for the whole 90 minutes. It's not like after 70 minutes you can say, 'We're 2-0 up, so let's have some fun now' - that doesn't happen in the Premier League. "
" He's not a coach who speaks to you every day. Wenger has spoken to me two or three times. He's told me he's very impressed by how I train and how I'm a disciplined character. "
" I am a regular for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, and I want to progress still further. "
" I am a very simple man. I love normality, and I love normal people. I love to eat normal food. It's how I grew up. "
" I am in an outstanding city, an outstanding club. The only thing that Arsenal has been missing is a league title. "
" I am still young; I am still fresh, and I want more. "
" I can't stand people who are backward. I am honest, straightforward. I don't like to pretend. And I will not change either. "
" I compliment Kramer perfectly. We both put in a lot of legwork, win many balls, and we're comfortable with the ball at our feet. We also talk a lot both off and on the pitch. "
" I'd no longer be the same player without my rigorousness, and certainly not the player Arsenal wanted. "
" I don't mind being criticised, because I am not that easy to knock down, and no-one can destroy me. But I am bothered by the stupid people who call me dirty, brainless, and an idiot. You don't say words like these to someone who you know nothing about. "
" I don't think Gladbach are on the same level as Arsenal. "
" If you win, you're heroes. But if you don't, then you're losers. That might sound harsh, but that's the way it is. "
" I guess I'd say I'm quite an aggressive player. Fair but aggressive, someone who likes the tough stuff. "
" I have a good relationship with the Albanian fans. But when you are called a traitor - that is such a harsh word. Most of the Albanian fans respect me. But 'traitor' is unacceptable considering the background of my family. "
" I have learned one thing in my life: If I put too much pressure on myself, then everything goes wrong. "
" I have never had any contact with Bayern Munich, let alone have agreed personal terms. "
" I heard my new team-mates saying, 'We have got to hope that we don't go down.' I thought to myself, 'What kind of a mentality is that?' "
" I knew before I arrived that the pressure at a club that challenges for the title grows quickly. The season is long; we'll become stronger with every game. "
" I know I've made mistakes, and sometimes I've talked about things too openly or directly. That wasn't good, and I've learned from that. "
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