Wenger claims this Arsenal regular must learn from his mistakes
By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger says Granit Xhaka must learn from his mistakes and not get sent off again after the summer signing saw red on Saturday.
The Arsenal midfielder has a bit of a reputation for being ill-disciplined and he hasn’t helped his criticisers by getting sent off after playing just seven games for Arsenal.
The 24 year-old went off the pitch after he made a poor tackle which took down Moudou Barrow in the 70th minute of their 3-2 victory against Swansea.
“He is not a dirty player at all, but is sometimes clumsy. He is not a natural defender. He is a guy who likes to play forward,” said Wenger, the Daily Mail reports.
“Barrow made a lot of it as well. Because he was gone, the referee saw a bad tackle. It is what it is, he has to learn from it.
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“Intelligence means that you do not make the same mistake twice.”
Wenger hopes it will be his last red card for Arsenal but Xhaka has now been sent off for club and country on eight occasions in the last two years.
Referee Jon Moss produced the red card when Arsenal seems to be in control of the game but Xhaka’s exit put pressure on his side for the final 20 minutes.
Xhaka has already been sent off for Switzerland this season when he produced a similarly reckless challenge whilst on international duty.
His first dismissal was during his country’s World Cup qualifier against Portugal but Wenger hopes he’ll learn from his mistakes sooner rather than later.
Since joining in the summer, Xhaka has made four starts for the Gunners, netting his first league goal against Hull, but he’ll now be forced to sit out Arsenal’s next three domestic games due to suspension.
He’ll be absent from the team as they take on Middlesbrough, Reading and Sunderland but will be available to face Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday.
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