Granit Xhaka, once regarded as the young Schweinsteiger by his Swiss manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, is a central midfielder who plays for the London club of Arsenal FC in the Premier League and the Switzerland national team. Xhaka is well known for his intelligent reading of the game combined with excellent technical ability and also his fiery style of play.
Born in Basel, Switzerland, Xhaka developed his undoubted talent at a young age at the Basels famous academy for eight years before graduating into the first team to make his debut in a Champions League qualifier against Debreceni and also scored his first goal in the same game.
After two impressive seasons with Basel, Xhaka clearly showed his ever apparent ability and was purchased by Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach for €8.5 million although still being a teenager. Plying his central midfield trade for the German club for the next four seasons, gaining captaincy in the process, Arsene Wenger of Arsenal made Xhaka his marquee Summer signing of 2016 for approximately £30 million.
Xhaka has represented his national team through the youth ranks from the U17's to the U21's before making his Switzerland first team debut against England in a Euro 2012 qualifier 2-2 draw. Xhaka has since been to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro tournaments and is now arguably the team's most important player alongside Xherdan Shaqiri.