BBC pundit labels Arsenal star stupid; warns that Wenger will not pick him unless he changes

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and referee Lee Mason

Arsenal star Granit Xhaka has had both his temperament and discipline questioned.

Speaking live on the BBC's Match of the Day programme at 22:58 on December 10th, BBC pundit Danny Murphy offered his opinion on one of Arsenal's summer signings Granit Xhaka, labelling him as 'reckless.'

The Switzerland international moved to the Emirates from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, for a fee believed to be in the region of £34 million, and has gone on to make 19 appearances for Arsene Wenger's men thus far.

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka applauds fans after the gameArsenal's Granit Xhaka 

On the most part, Xhaka has impressed, with his superb array of passing, combined with his tenacious tackling style in the middle of the park - something that Arsenal have seriously lacked over the past decade.

But Murphy explained how the 24-year-old will need to curtail his aggressive behaviour, if he is to nail down a regular starting spot under Arsene Wenger, when speaking on BBC's Match of the Day:

"He's talented, he's a super passer of the ball. I watched him a lot at the Euros and noticed he had a super nasty streak, but he's ill-disciplined at times. I know this wasn't a horrendous elbow, but it's stupid. He got sent off against Swansea earlier in the season for a reckless tackle which nearly cost them the game. If he keeps doing this type of thing he's not going to get chosen by Wenger. In the last two-and-a-half years he's been sent of eight times."

Stoke City's Joe Allen in action with Arsenal's Granit XhakaArsenal's Granit Xhaka in action

Arsenal have enjoyed a wonderful start to their 2016/17 campaign, and arguably possess the strongest midfield options in the Premier League.

It will be hard enough for Xhaka to establish himself as a regular first team starter for the Gunners, and it will be interesting to see whether or not he curbs his tenacious playing style over the coming weeks.

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