Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka has a worrisome disciplinary record and Arsene Wenger is wary of the players tackles.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged “impulsive” midfielder Granit Xhaka to maintain his discipline as a heated north London derby looms when Tottenham Hotspur visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Xhaka has made an impressive start to his Arsenal career, but his ability to control his temper was called into question after he picked up his eighth red card in two and a half years in the Premier League win over Swansea City last month.
“I’m a bit concerned, yes, because the discipline is important. We want to be effective in all positions we face. In derbies it is important to maintain discipline,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday.
The 24-year-old, who joined from German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the close season, is likely to return to the starting line-up after Wenger confirmed influential midfielder Santi Cazorla is a doubt for Sunday’s clash.
“He’s (Xhaka) quite normally a composed and calm guy – sometimes he has a reaction that is a bit impulsive. He has to work on that and keep control of his reactions in the game,” Wenger added.
The left back position could be a cause of concern for Wenger on Sunday as Kieran Gibbs, who picked up a minor shoulder problem after Tuesday’s Champions League win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets, and Nacho Monreal remain a doubt.
“There’s still some uncertainties,” Wenger said.