Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville spoke on his podcast this week about Arsenal star Granit Xhaka’s ill-discipline.
The Swiss international picked up his first red card of the season against Burnley after a moment of madness. His needless action cost us the game, and he has received a ton of criticism from fans and pundits.
Xhaka will serve the last of his three-game suspension tomorrow. He will be in contention for the game against Chelsea, and Neville claims there is a good chance he could see red on Saturday as well as in the games following that.
He said: “Red cards, ill-discipline. Xhaka – he’s the one. I’ve said it, we’ve said it… every time he plays he commits 100 fouls. He could be sent off in many more matches with the accumulation of free-kicks he gives away.
“Ill discipline is a problem but they’ve got to look like they’re enjoying their football again.”
Xhaka, on his day, will run the show for Arsenal. He was undroppable in the second half of last season and his performances helped us win the FA Cup. However, he always looks like he has a mistake in him – be it a silly pass, poor positioning or a violent outburst. That could cost him his career at the Emirates.
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Thomas Partey’s arrival decreased the need for Xhaka at Arsenal. The Ghanaian, when he is fit, will start ahead of the former Gladbach man, and his performance alongside Mohamed Elneny at Old Trafford showed that there is a partnership to be built there.
Xhaka has reportedly been attracting interest from Italy. FC Inter 1908 claimed today that a swap loan deal is being discussed between Arsenal and Inter Milan over the last few weeks which would see Christian Eriksen join us.
That deal makes a lot of sense. If Eriksen can hit the heights he did at Tottenham, we can make the move permanent in the summer. Xhaka would suit Antonio Conte system very well, and there is no reason why Inter would turn down a chance to sign him permanently either – unless he proves Neville right and gets himself a few red cards there of course.