Arsenal fans react on Twitter as Xhaka starts his first north London derby
By Amir Mir
Granit Xhaka was named in the starting XI as Arsenal take on Tottenham at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon – and fans on Twitter were worried he might get sent off again.
The 24-year-old makes his league return after serving a three-match suspension for receiving a straight red against Swansea in October.
Arsene Wenger expressed his concern about his discipline leading into the feisty north London fixture, with Xhaka picking up a yellow card during the 3-2 Champions League win over Ludogorets on Tuesday night.
Nonetheless, one fan pointed out that the Switzerland intentional is making his debut in the north London derby, alongside Shkodran Mustafi.
But many feared Xhaka may see red in this game, if not his defensive-midfield partner Francis Coquelin, who is also known for his combative style of play.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
First North London Derby for Shkodran Mustafi & Granit Xhaka ⚽️????????????
— Nat ❤️⚽️ (@NatG_22) November 6, 2016
Dier and Wanyama against Coquelin and Xhaka is going to result in at least 1 red card
— Mr Ä.F.C (@adamclarke96) November 6, 2016
Xhaka Coq guaranteed red card LOL
— v (@Vikazette) November 6, 2016
I can feel the Granit Xhaka screamer, don't know why
— Naomi (@NaosGun) November 6, 2016
XHAKA TO SCORE THE CRACKER
— KOLASINAC ^_^ (@Shariqano) November 6, 2016
— ???? (@ThierryEW) November 6, 2016
Big risk playing Xhaka and Coquelin imo, expecting a great game though.
— Jordan Sayward-jones (@jsaywardjones) November 6, 2016
Xhaka has played 11 Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup fixtures this season scoring three goals, but he is yet to provide an assist.
A win for Arsenal would take them top of the Premier League table on 26 points, but a victory for Spurs would mean they would go level with the Gunners going into the international break.
In other Arsenal team news, supporters on Twitter were pleased to see Mesut Ozil starting against Tottenham.