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Arsenal boss believes Xhaka needs more time to adjust

Arsene Wenger admits Granit Xhaka is still adapting to life in the Premier League as his third most expensive signing of all time remains a peripheral figure at Arsenal.

Xhaka has struggled to make Arsenal's starting XI in recent weeks. Credit: PA

Only Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez sit above the Switzerland international as the club's largest transfer spends, but it is almost impossible to imagine that pair being on the fringes of the starting line-up.

Xhaka's arrival was one of the catalysts for Jack Wilshere to request a loan move to play more football and he ended up making a temporary switch to Bournemouth.

And it is Eddie Howe's Cherries who visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday with Wilshere ineligible against his parent club.

But it is just as likely that Xhaka will find himself a mere spectator as Wenger looks for the right blend in midfield, with Francis Coquelin currently the only player who seems to be a near-permanent fixture in that position for the Gunners.

When asked about Xhaka's lack of football, Wenger said:

He needs to adapt, then we need to find the balance. We have the positional play, he plays in a deeper lying midfield position, he passes through the lines. He needs to adapt to the way we play and the tactical pace of the English game. I am confident he will do very well.

If you look at Thierry Henry at the start when he came here, he was not playing. He did not play until November, he was as well 23 years old. We are in November now.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal manager feels like he is living 'in a jungle'

Arsene Wenger has compared Arsenal's pursuit of silverware to living in a jungle where "everybody wants to eat you".

Wenger's Arsenal team have lost just once this season. Credit: PA

Wenger spoke last week of the "virus" of negativity among fans following last season's home defeat by Swansea - a result he believes sealed the demise of the Gunners' title challenge.

When asked if the virus had passed with Saturday's 3-2 victory over the same opponents, the Frenchman replied that success only comes with embracing the demands of maintaining a title push.

"Nothing is gone. In our game you have to accept that. I believe that humility is to understand that you start again from zero and that you are in a jungle," he said.

"We live in a jungle where everybody wants to eat you and you have to survive by keeping your vigilance.

"That's what competition is about. Every day you have to fight again to survive. The love to win and the competitiveness of the Premier League is very exciting."

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Arsenal boss Wenger could 'one day' be England boss

Arsene Wenger is the Premier League's most experienced manager. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said it is possible he could "one day" manage England if he had no club commitments.

The Frenchman, who is celebrating 20 years at Arsenal, has been heavily linked with the role since the departure of Sam Allardyce.

It has been reported that the Football Association have approached Wenger in the past but are yet to convince to take the job.

It was a huge surprise what happened to Sam Allardyce.

Who could have predicted that 48 hours ago? Nobody. The game's always full of surprises. My priority has always been this club and until the end of this season, I'm here. I'm completely focused on that.

I've said many times that my priority has always been Arsenal Football Club and I have to assess how well I do until the end of the season.

– Arsene Wenger
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