The Swiss defender spent 10 years with the Gunners at the start of his career so is well familiar with the expectations of the club.
His countryman Djourou arrived in north London during the summer after sealing a £30million move from Borussia Monchengladbach.
But Xhaka hasn’t made the best start, failing to play regularly and being sent off twice in just 26 games.
His latest came yesterday after a two-footed tackle on Steven Defour – leading to a nervy finish to Arsenal’s clash with Burnley, which required a late penalty winner from Alexis Sanchez.
Xhaka has been sent off nine times for club and country over the last three years and appears to have a serious discipline issue.
But Djourou doesn’t agree with the criticism coming the way of his international team-mate.
After Xhaka posted a photo to Instagram earlier, he was hit with some abuse by Arsenal fans before Djourou came to the rescue.
At first, Djourou simply commented, “My bro ❤️💪🏾” but that was followed by a frustrated response from an Arsenal fan who wrote: “Please tell Granit to leave Arsenal.”
Djourou wasn’t happy about that – and was quick to defend his pal, replying with:
“Why should I do that? He got a red card again yeah ok! We won at the end that’s most important ! And let me tell You granit gives everything for the Arsenal shirt !and that’s is style of play so don’t be to hard on him! He plays with passion . He will learn!! (sic)”
It will be great for most reasonable Arsenal fans to see a former player stick up for a current player so passionately.
But there comes a time that Xhaka will need to learn that his disciplinary problems must improve.