Arsenal summer signing has revealed what he has noticed about English football since his arrival from Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach in August.
Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka is enjoying life in London and the 24-year-old believes English fans are more passionate about the round leather game compared to their German counterparts and the English Premier League is physically demanding.
“Physically the English league is much harder then the Bundesliga,” he told Arsenal Player.
“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.
“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.”
Xhaka has been impressive in his debut season at the Emirates Stadium scoring two goals and providing two assists in 11 outings for the Gunners.