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Wenger urges Xhaka 'not to tackle' anymore

2017-01-26 13:26
Granit Xhaka (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged Granit Xhaka 'not to tackle' anymore citing the midfielder's bad tackling technique for his many bookings, the Independent reports.

Xhaka has attempted 94 tackles in the Premier League this season, giving away just 11 fouls while receiving 2 yellow cards and two red cards.

Wenger though while speaking at a press conference on Thursday morning confirmed that he had told the Swiss international who was sent off for a lunge against Burnley that he should not tackle as he is naturally not a good tackler.

This could mean that Wenger is encouraging Xhaka to rather improve his defensive positioning that would enable him to intercept passes instead of rushing in for tackles.

It was reported that Wenger met with Xhaka to give him a stern warning after he was caught up in a race row at Heathrow Airport for allegedly racially abusing a British Airways staff member.

Wenger is believed to have reminded the Switzerland international of his responsibilities as an Arsenal employee after it emerged earlier that he had been questioned by police.

Wenger who himself has been charged by the FA after pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor during the same game against Burnley said that he would accept his subsequent punishment as he would not be contesting the decision.

Arsenal will next welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday with Wenger hoping that his squad can grab a positive result.

Kick off is at 19:30.

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