Granit Xhaka has been urged to ‘clean up his act’ by Martin Keown after the Arsenal star received his fifth red card since the start of last season.
Xhaka was shown a straight red at the Emirates on Sunday for a rash two-footed tackle on Burnley’s Steven Defour.
The incident was Xhaka’s second red of the season for the Gunners and his ninth for club and country in the past three years.
No player across Europe’s top five leagues has been sent off more than Xhaka since the start of the last campaign and Keown insists the midfielder must rectify this part of his game.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2, the Arsenal legend said: ‘It’s a succession of incidents and he just needs to clean up his act.
‘He has got the right manager [in Arsene Wenger] though.’
Keown, 50, described the Switzerland star’s red card ratio as ‘ridiculous’ and said his Arsenal team-mates deserved an apology.
‘It’s a ridiculous number of red cards. He’s getting the balance wrong,’ Keown, who made over 400 appearances for the north London outfit, added.
‘They want that physicality in the team but they want him on the pitch.
‘The game became very difficult and Xhaka should be apologising for getting sent off.’
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Despite Xhaka’s red, Arsenal clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s last-gasp penalty.
The result ensured Wenger’s side climbed to second in the Premier League, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea.