Granit Xhaka has been urged to control himself during games by his manager, Arsene Wenger.
The temperament of the Swiss International who joined Arsenal from German side, Borrusia Monchengladbach over the summer has been questioned following his red card against Swansea last month, and with the North London Derby – a fixture which is fiery in nature coming up, the manager is undecided as to what he will do with his star midfielder.
“I’ve no specific idea what I’ll do [with the starting XI] but I am concerned [with his discipline] yes,” Wenger said.
“Discipline is important and we want to be effective in the situations we face in a derby. I think he’s quite a composed and calm guy, sometimes on the field, the reaction is a bit impulsive.
“He needs to work on that and his control in the game.”
Xhaka was sent off thrice in the Bundesliga last season, and his bad boy record might not have helped his cause at the Emirates. While it is true that the former Basel player has added bite to the Arsenal midfield, his aggression in games is what he needs to curb. If that can be done, we have a real star on our books.