Swiss midfielder covered the most ground (11.65km) at Watford.
Xhaka has a good engine and good stature.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has heaped praised on his summer signing Granit Xhaka after his performance in the Gunners' 3-1 triumph over Watford on Saturday.
Xhaka, who made more tackles and had more touches of the ball than any other player in the triumph at Vicarage Road, reminded Wenger of a club legend Emmanuel Petit.
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“I believe he has a good mixture of short and long balls, in midfield it is important for us to sometimes stretch the defenders,” Wenger said after the match as Arsenal.com quoted.
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“We have a game that is based on shorter passes than other teams so sometimes when you have a player who can kick the longer ball, it gives us a chance to get some oxygen and some space.
“He is a guy who plays naturally behind the ball. He is a bit similar to Petit in the way he plays football. He likes to sit, give good long balls and be available with the centre-backs.
“He has a good engine, good stature, he is good in the air and has a good balance in his game, he has a good short ball and a good long ball.
“He is 24 years old, he has already experience abroad and that is always a problem and is more reassuring when a player has already played abroad somewhere.
“He was captain at his age at Monchengladbach, that is not a small club so he has leadership qualities.”
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