Granit Xhaka: I won't alter my style of play despite discipline concerns

Granit Xhaka will not change his approach to playing despite his poor disciplinary record, while he believes he has more to show at Arsenal next season.

Xhaka, a big-money arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer, has divided opinion among Arsenal fans, but he impressed against Manchester United on Sunday, opening the scoring in the 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

The Switzerland international has been sent off nine times in the last three years and has picked up 11 bookings for Arsenal this season, with manager Arsene Wenger questioning his tackling technique on more than one occasion.

"In football you get criticised if you are sent off," Xhaka said. "It's my style of play and nobody can make me change that. Even if I get another red card, then that happens. You become cleverer, maybe look more and since my red card, I think things have improved.

"It's not like I played my first football match in England. For me football is pretty much the same everywhere, the ball is round, but maybe tactically things are different than at other clubs I've played for."

A run of eight defeats in their last 17 games in all competitions has seen Arsenal slip from Premier League title contenders to a side struggling to finish in the top four, although they have an FA Cup final against Chelsea to come later this month.

But Xhaka remains hopeful of Arsenal crashing the top four and added he will be looking to build upon his first season in England.

"I think in general it was a good performance from us," he said of Wenger's first ever competitive win over United boss Jose Mourinho.

"When everything comes together like that, you look good on a personal level too. I'm really satisfied with my performance and the performance of the team, which is most important.

"I didn't sign here for five years [to not improve as a player]. This is a top club, a great club. We're having a season where things have been a bit more difficult but I'm convinced that in the coming years we can show another side.

"We always have hope [of finishing in the top four] -- hope dies last. It's up to us, we need some luck along the way, but if we win the next four games, I'm convinced that we can do it."

Arsenal are currently six points off fourth-placed Manchester City but have played a game less.