Sunday, 22 January 2017

Arsene Wenger Issues Warning To Arsenal Midfielder, Asks Him Not To Punish Team

Arsene Wenger Issues Warning To Arsenal Midfielder, Asks Him Not To Punish Team

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After seeing red for the second time since joining Arsenal in the summer, Arsene Wenger has warned Granit Xhaka to awork on his physicality so as to avoid putting the team in trouble.

back in October, the Swiss international received marching orders in a game against Swansea City and while playing Burnley on Sunday, there was a repeat of that.

Jonathan Moss, the referee responsible for the issuance of bpoth red cards to Xhaka sanctioned him today after carelessly raising his studs towards Steven Defour.

Arsenal were lucky to have recorded wins on both occasions but Wenger who feels a repeat of such could cost his side in future has issued a cry to him.

In a press chat with journalists after the 2-1 win, Wenger said: “Honestly, I have to look at it again,”

“The noises I get are that it was a red card. He has to control his game and not punish the team with [a] lack of control in his tackling.

“We don’t encourage our midfielders to go down on tackles. We want them to stand up and not to make these type of fouls. If it’s a bad tackle, it’s a red card.”

Quizzed on whether he is disappointed with the former Borussia Monchengladbach man, the 67-year-old added: ”I’m disappointed that we played with 10 men, yes.

“We’ve had two red cards and four penalties [given against us] this season at home now. You cannot say that we make it easy for ourselves, or that we get it easy.”

Unless an appeal is filed and something good comes out of it, Xhaka will miss Arsenal's next three games which includes the trip to Stamford Bridge on February 4.

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