Arsenal star getting close to a two match ban- kind of obvious really

Granit Xhaka is just three yellow cards away from an automatic two-game suspension.

With the Premier League season now into its business end, clubs will expect their top players to be available for the run-in.

However, there are some players who are skating on thin ice because of their poor discipline earlier in the season.

These players, as revealed by Talksport, have accumulated close to ten yellow cards in domestic competitions for the season and if they get that tenth yellow card, they will be suspended for the next two games.

No club would want to miss any of their senior players at this time of the season, but it has become inevitable for some players and Granit Xhaka is the Arsenal player closest to getting suspended as a result of the accumulation of yellow cards.

The Swiss midfielder has become very important to the team in recent months and Mikel Arteta seems to trust him more than any other central midfielder at the club.

He, however, has issues with his discipline apparently as he has collected seven yellow cards already this season.

Xhaka is the only Arsenal player that close to getting suspended and Arteta will be hoping that he stays within the ten yellow card limit for the season.

It has to be said, that it is no real surprise to see Xhaka as the most ill-disciplined Arsenal player.

The Premier League players closest to ten yellows are Chelsea’s Jorginho, Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma, and Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace. They have all accumulated nine yellow cards each.

13 Comments

  1. Reggie says:

    They are the rules and i don’t know about the other players top of the list but xhakas is his ability that got him his, not bad luck. I’d like to say he got them by putting his body on the line but that isn’t the reason. He will get his two yellow cards and he will earn his rest for two games, no doubt.

    1. Reggie says:

      Sorry, 3 yellows, thats not so bad.

  2. Gunnerphilic says:

    The stats seem to show that he’s not the ‘dirtiest’ player in the league. He is close, yes, but not that close. Especially when the article brought up the stats for those other players.

    He should not be portrayed as the liability this article is strenuously trying to show him to be

    1. Admin Martin says:

      There is no way it was implied that he was a liability. You clearly did not understand what was written when it said “The Swiss midfielder has become very important to the team in recent months and Mikel Arteta seems to trust him more than any other central midfielder at the club.” But hey ho, you interpret it how you want to.

    2. Martin says:

      He’s not remotely dirty. Most of his fouls are clumsy and I never remember him being malicious

    3. jon fox says:

      Gunnerphilic, I see NOTHING in the article that even remotely suggests he is a liability. There ought to be something mentioned , since it is true . But there was not. Don’t see how you can come to that odd conclusion. TALK ABOUT PUTTING WORDS IN OTHERS PEOPLES MOUTHS EH!

  3. Sarmmie says:

    I don’t understand people’s issues with Xhaka’s discipline. He’s always getting booked, yes, but when last was he sent off? This guy’s last red card was three years ago. Arsenal has collected 10 red cards since then. But since it’s not Xhaka, people don’t complain.

    So to put it in realistic terms, we’ve not actually suffered from his disciplinary issue, so what’s the fuss about. Moreover, if he gets suspended, almost all those that have issues with his discipline dislike him, so he’ll just be off ur sights for another two games.

  4. Sarmmie says:

    Admin,I’ve been trying to post a comment in the other Xhaka article involving the captaincy stuff but its waiting for some sort of approval, I don’t understand

    1. Admin Martin says:

      Stop using a swear word and it will pass our filters. Try to write something like “threatening his family with vile swear words”

  5. Chris Siple says:

    Oh, we have cover. Ceballos, Guendouzi, Torreira, and Willock won’t mind getting more EPL minutes, and Xhaka could still play in the cups. He doesn’t need to alter his playing style.

  6. Georgy says:

    @ Chris.Any suspension in the national competitions will impede the player to play in a local game.It will not affect international games.

  7. SueP says:

    He has been guilty of clumsy challenges as pointed out but he is liable to do daft things and get booked which is very annoying

    I’m hoping under the Arteta revival that Xhaka has the support of the team on match day around him to not put himself into these silly situations I don’t know the stats of how recent his last 5 yellow cards have been

    Two matches without Aubameyang was dire but as said before there is cover for Xhaka

  8. Sarmmie says:

    Oh, okay

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