Granit Xhaka has been chastised for his persistent yellow cards for Arsenal

Granit Xhaka has been chastised for his persistent yellow cards for Arsenal ...

Granit Xhakas' clingy behaviour for Arsenal is a problem in his game, according to Craig Burley, according to ESPN.

The former Scotland international was talking about Xhaka getting silly yellow and red cards during matches and how it affects the Arsenal midfielder in the latter stages.

The 29-year-old picked up two red cards last season, and his list of yellow cards is growing by the game.

No-one has picked up more yellow cards than Xhakas' debut season in the Premier League in 2016.

From 188 matches, he has 52 to his name, and Fernandinho is the next player in line, who was booked on 32 occasions from his 165 matches in Manchester City colours.

While speaking to US TV on ESPN, Burley had to state what he saw of Xhakas' actions on the pitch.

Granit Xhaka, according to Burley, was a pleasure to watch. I have no problem with people being overzealous in challenging situations, and thats who he is.

A large number of his yellow cards are also used for petulant little flick-outs and kicks-outs. That presents him with a challenge later on in games.

I have seen him being booked in games before being unable to make a challenge at 85-90 minutes on the edge of the box, for fear of being red-carded or a second yellow, while the other team have scored.

Through his displeasure, not only with petulant challenges, but also with a petulant response, he puts himself in a difficult position. You have to make better decisions because it has an impact on your game going forward (learn).


Fabio Vieira has been added to Mikel Arteta's team this summer, while Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko is also close to a move.

Zinchenko can excel at left-back, but he is probably better suited to the midfield, with Vieira also competing for those positions.

Martin Odegaard might take the captains armband next season, while Thomas Partey, who is more defensive-minded and a better all-round player, is in danger of taking the Xhakas starting spot.

Whatever happens with Xhaka, one thing remains constant, and thats managers coming into the club continually picking him, so his character and bravery out on the pitch cannot be slashed.

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