Ian Wright sends strong warning to Arsenal midfielder

Ian Wright warns Granit Xhaka that he will have to learn to control the aggressive side of his game after his sending off against Burnley

Ian Wright has warned Granit Xhaka that he will have to learn to control the aggressive side of his game following move to Arsenal.

The Arsenal midfielder was sent off for the second time this season after a reckless two-footed lunge on Burnley’s Steven Defour at The Emirates on Sunday.

Xhaka is likely to have to serve a four-game ban following his second dismissal this season.

Indeed, Sunday’s red card was the ninth time Xhaka has been sent off in less than three years.

And former Arsenal striker Wright feels that the Swiss midfielder will have to learn to control that side of his game as he adapts to life in the Premier League.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live’s 606 show, Wright said: “When you see his tackle, he is very lax on the ball at the time.

“He launched himself into it. I don’t think he caught the player as much as it looked like it. It was dangerous…

“He has start thinking about that. You can’t afford to go down to 10 men, especially at home where you have to win the game.

“He has to start learning from the fact that people are constantly pointing the finger and he is reckless.”

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Xhaka’s dismissal will rule him out of Arsenal’s crunch Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 4 February as the Gunners look to cut the deficit to the leaders.

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