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​Wenger promises Xhaka will be given Arsenal chance

Arsene Wenger has insisted that new signing Granit Xhaka will get his chance in the Arsenal starting XI despite his current preference for Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, reports the London Evening Standard.

Xhaka has started two of Arsenal's five matches since his £33.8m arrival in the summer and found himself on the bench for the Premier League win over Southampton and Tuesday's trip to Paris St Germain.

"It's not about his quality at the moment, he adapts to the pace of the English game," Wenger said of Xhaka. "And for me it's about pairs as well who work together.

"Coquelin and Cazorla have worked well together. But Xhaka will play games. Every week he's stronger and better, and he will have a huge impact as a player.

"He has the stature, the power, the strength, what we want is that for him to use that in a very efficient way. It's short you know, we are September, we only started in August. It's one month, for many players it took them some time to get into the team and he will do that without any problem.

"Cazorla and Coquelin have 50 or 60 games together, that has a little impact sometimes on my decisions."

"We always had good midfield players, you cannot say we were missing anything. We wanted to add players with quality, him and Elneny are top class players, but there's a lot of competition in midfield at the moment. I'm sure both of them will get in the team," the Frenchman added.

"I think Xhaka adapted quite well personally, because of his physical strength and his power allows him to play straight away. Sometimes you know, we lost our first game, you go a bit for stability, but he's highly focused, Elneny as well.

"Both of them are highly focused, and they are top, top quality."

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