Granit Xhaka faces a fight to save his career at Arsenal as the club issued a stern warning over growing indiscipline on Monday.
Gunners boss Arteta, who was unequivocally backed by club chiefs, called Xhaka’s conduct “unacceptable” after the midfielder was sent off for catching Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood in throat in the demoralizing 1-0 loss on Sunday night.
Sportsmail understands that despite having played regularly for Arsenal since Arteta arrived last year, the club are open to offers for the Switzerland international.
Granit Xhaka was sent off after a moment of madness against Burnley on Sunday night
The Swiss midfielder caught Ashley Westwood by the throat with the score 0-0
His lack of discipline in the Emirates on Sunday night and subsequent public criticism of Arteta will only serve to reinforce internal beliefs that Xhaka is useless.
Indeed, in a rare interview on Monday, technical director Edu issued a stern warning to players regarding the discipline.
In addition to Xhaka’s red haze, record signing Nicolas Pepe was sent off in a recent clash against Leeds for attacking Ezgjan Alioski.
And Edu said, “This (discipline) is something important to mention because it means you have to be here and be ready to deal with this situation because sometimes you get emotional and then you react, like you don’t. don’t need to react and sometimes you make a mistake like they did.
Mikel Arteta called Xhaka’s conduct ‘unacceptable’ after costing Arsenal the game
Mikel is in charge, he talks to the players, telling them that we need all the players, so we need 11 players to play against 11 because it’s so hard to play 11 without 11 against a club in England.
“The players have to understand but Mikel is responsible for it, they talk to the players a lot and they have to understand the importance of not behaving like that. Edu also provided support to Arteta under fire after a dismal start to the season which saw them occupy 15th place.
“If we don’t talk about patience with Mikel, it would be very unfair to him. Because what a year we faced.
“Mikel is doing a great job, he’s doing really well here. The players believe, the staff like it, everyone believes and everyone tries to be positive here on a daily basis. So nothing has really changed.
Arsenal technical director Edu gave his full support to underfire director Arteta
“I think the club needs stability right now, we’ve been through so many changes.
“It’s not about Edu, Mikel, it’s about stability. Now is the time to try to be a stable club in the old sense of the word – outside and inside we need it.
“Since we came here we have changed, changed, changed, now is the time to be stable and together at the same time. Meanwhile, Edu opened the door for Arsène Wenger to make his first return to the Emirates since leaving in 2018.
“It’s very simple, you need strong people and a good character, I have nothing bad to say about Arsène, so if he is there, that would be good”, added Edu.
“Normally we need someone like him to talk. Sometimes I call people, Mikel calls good people for advice and it’s always good to have great guys around you.
Edu left the door open for Arsène Wenger to return to the Emirates after his departure in 2018