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Monday 24 July 2017

Xhaka's challenge

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka. Pic: Getty
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka. Pic: Getty

Granit Xhaka will not change his approach despite his poor disciplinary record and believes he has more to show at Arsenal next season.

The big-money summer arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach has divided opinion among Arsenal fans but the midfielder was the toast of the Emirates Stadium when he opened the scoring in the 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Xhaka has been sent off nine times in the last three years and has picked up 11 bookings for the Gunners this season, with manager Arsene Wenger questioning his tackling technique on more than one occasion.

Xhaka enjoyed one of his best all-round performances in Arsenal colours in Sunday's win over Manchester United. He said: "In football you get criticised if you are sent off," the 24-year-old said.

"It's my style of play and nobody can make me change that. Even if I get another red card, then that happens. You become cleverer, maybe look more and since my red card, I think things have improved. It's not like I played my first football match in England. For me football is pretty much the same everywhere."

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