Arsene Wenger has admitted he was disappointed to see Granit Xhaka sent off during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday.
The midfielder saw red for a two-footed challenge on Steven Defour in the 59th minute with Arsenal leading the game 1-0.
The dismissal left the Gunners to play out the game with 10-men and although they still managed to secure three points, Wenger says Xhaka needs to control himself.
“Xhaka’s red card? Honestly I have to look at it again. The noises I get is that it was a red card and he has to control his game and not punish the team with lack of control in his tackling,” he told the official Arsenal website.
“We don’t encourage our midfielders to go down on tackles, we want them to stand up and not to make these kind of fouls. If it’s a bad tackle, it’s a red card.”
Xhaka’s sending off was his ninth red card in three years and was the second time he has been dismissed by referee Jon Moss this season and Wenger admits he was not impressed.
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“I’m disappointed that we played with 10 men, yes,” he added.
“We’ve had two red cards and four penalties [given against us] this season at home now. You cannot say that we make it easy for ourselves, or that we get it easy.”
Xhaka’s red card was fairly needless with the team 1-0 up and comfortable at home against a Burnley side that has struggled away from home this season.
The midfielder is now set to be handed a four-game ban, three games for a straight red plus an extra game for it being his second red of the season.