Ian Wright: Arsenal midfielder can learn from Tottenham summer signing
The former Arsenal striker heaps praise on Tottenham summer signing Victor Wanyama
Ian Wright has hinted that Granit Xhaka could learn from Victor Wanyama’s composed performances after the summer signing was sent off for the second time in his Arsenal career on Sunday.
The Switzerland international received a red card in the second half of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Hull City after Xhaka’s two-footed lunge on Stefen Defour at the Emirates Stadium.
The 24-year-old has been criticised for his reckless performances at times throughout the 2016-17 season so far after Arsene Wenger signed the defensive midfielder in a £33m deal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
Wanyama, on the other hand, has been a huge hit at White Hart Lane after Tottenham snapped up the powerful midfielder in an £11m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer transfer window.
The Kenya international has scored two goals in 22 Premier League games, picking up six yellow cards along the way.
Speaking to BBC’s 606 podcast, former Arsenal striker Wright heaped praise on Wanyama’s impact at White Hart Lane and suggested that Xhaka needs to make improvements to his game to get to the African’s level.
“When you look at strong players, look at Wanyama’s performances for Spurs at the moment. You don’t see that type of tackle. He seems to be in control,” Wright said.
“He gives the ball very simply. He does his job in front of the back four. We have to hope with time that Xhaka will improve that side of the game because he needs to.”