Ian Wright: Why I’m not worried about Arsenal signing despite poor record
The Arsenal legend believes summer signing Granit Xhaka feels like he has some to prove at the moment
Ian Wright insists he isn’t worried about Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka’s disciplinary record.
The Switzerland international has made a solid if unspectacular start to his Arsenal career after the defensive midfielder was signed in a £33m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old has already picked up two yellow cards and one red card in 12 Premier League appearances for the north London club after he became Arsene Wenger’s first signing of the summer.
Xhaka’s rash challenge resulted in Stoke City’s penalty on Saturday as Charlie Adam broke the deadlock from the spot before goals from Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi sealed a 3-1 home win.
Former Arsenal striker Wright believes Xhaka’s poor disciplinary record is a result of the Swiss midfielder’s eagerness to prove a point to the Gunners manager.
“He’s in and he’s out. He is constantly trying to prove himself. He is maybe a little bit too enthusiastic,” Wright told BBC Radio’s 606 podcast.
“Yes, he has a poor record of being sent off. Once he plays more regularly and he starts to see how it works in the team instead of coming off the bench to prove himself, he will get what you need to do in the Premier League.”
Wenger also signed Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez, England Under-21 international Rob Holding and Japanese forward Takuma Asano in the summer transfer window.