Granit Xhaka says Arsenal should expect him to pick up cards

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka is sent off by referee Jonathan Moss

The Arsenal man has two yellows and a red to his name so far.

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has claimed to sport.de they should expect him to pick up cards as it is a part of what he is.

Xhaka arrived at the Emirates Stadium in the summer transfer window in a big money move from Borussia Monchengladbach.

He came to England with something of a reputation for being a no-nonsense midfielder, having picked up five yellow cards and three red cards in the Bundesliga last season.

Bournemouth's Dan Gosling in action with Arsenal's Granit Xhaka

It is a record he has continued in the Premier League, with two yellows and a red to his name in just six starts already.

Those numbers would concern some, but not Xhaka, who says it is simply a part of who he is as a player.

"Yellow cards and red cards are part of what Granit Xhaka is,” he told sport.de.

"I'd no longer be the same player without my rigorousness, and certainly not the player Arsenal wanted.”

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka is sent off by referee Jonathan Moss

It will certainly be interesting to see how many cards Xhaka ends up with between now and the end of the season.

Currently it has not affected the Gunners too much as they sit fourth in the table, just three points behind leaders Chelsea.

Xhaka has played a big role in helping them to that position and should he continue to impress, Arsenal will likely be fine with him continuing to pick cards up along the way.

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka

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