Granit Xhaka was quite possibly the only summer signing who Arsenal fans could get excited about.
Shkodran Mustafi was a necessary addition at the back, while it was unclear exactly how much of a role Lucas Perez would play.
Xhaka, meanwhile, arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach with bags of potential and looked as if he would improve Arsene Wenger’s central midfield.
It goes without saying that he hasn’t made the impact he would have liked. Question marks over his discipline remain, and even Wenger seems unsure of what exactly he’s changed about the team they already had.
Yet, Xhaka isn’t hiding away from the issue. Quite the opposite, he’s admitted, per Sky Sports, that he is taking his time to adapt, but he feels his circumstances are nothing out of the ordinary.
“Well, actually, it’s normal when you come to a new club and country,” he said.
“You need to get used to the language, the philosophy of the team, the squad, the coach.
“But I do feel very happy and comfortable here, and I know the potential I have. In football you just have to develop yourself.”
The midfielder was speaking as the Gunners prepare to face his old side Basel in the Champions League, needing to better Paris Saint-Germain’s result against minnows Ludogorets if they want to top the group.