By Amir Mir
Arsene Wenger has stated he is concerned about the discipline of Granit Xhaka ahead of Arsenal’s showdown with Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
Midfielder Xhaka was sent off in his last league encounter, where he was given a straight red during the 3-2 win over Swansea on home soil.
The Switzerland international, who is known to have a poor disciplinary record during his career, signed for the Gunners in the summer for a fee of £30million.
The 24-year-old’s combative style and passing ability has impressed the Arsenal faithful, but his manager has ordered him to keep his emotions in check ahead of the Spurs fixture.
“Am I bit concerned? Yes, of course,” said Wenger, as quoted by the Guardian. “The discipline is important and we want to be effective in all situations we face and in the derby it is important to keep control of your reaction and to have a strong discipline, because it is part of the effectiveness in these games.
“Normally he is a very composed and calm guy. Sometimes on the field he has a reaction that is a bit impulsive and he knows that.
“It is not because you talk about that. He has to work on that and keep control of his reactions in the game.”
Xhaka has played 11 Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup games for the north London club, scoring three goals and picking up two yellow cards.
He started the 3-2 win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets on Tuesday night, as Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Wenger’s side now face an unbeaten Spurs team, who are three points behind their rivals in the table, with the Gunners second with 23 points from ten games.
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