Wenger admits ‘concern’ about Arsenal midfielder

Date published: Thursday 3rd November 2016 10:08

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that Granit Xhaka’s disciplinary issues are a concern for Arsenal.

The Gunners boss was asked about his line-up for Sunday’s north London derby with Tottenham and he hinted that the Swiss midfielder could be dropped against Spurs.

“I’ve no specific idea what I’ll do (with the starting XI) but I am concerned (with his discipline) yes,” said Wenger on Thursday morning.

“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 given a straight red card in the second half of the 3-2 win over Swansea last month after cynically chopping down Modou Barrow.

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Wenger did not appeal the decision from Jon Moss and claimed the offence was worthy of a “dark yellow”.

It was Xhaka’s eighth red card since 2014 and he has missed three games, but is now available to face Tottenham.

Wenger confirmed that Kieran Gibbs is a doubt for the north London derby with a shoulder injury.

Sant Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal all remain doubts ahead of Sunday’s game, with Walcott the closest to being fit.

Hector Bellerin though, who missed the trip to Ludogorets with a small niggle, should be good to go against Tottenham.

“Bellerin has a test. I left him behind in midweek because I was cautious with him. I think he should be alright,” said Wenger.

“It’s a very important game.

“We’re in a strong position in the league and we want to strengthen.”

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