Oct 17, 2016

    Xhaka's red card should be dark yellow: Wenger


    ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he will not be appealing the red card given to Granit Xhaka during the Gunners' narrow 3-2 win over Swansea City.

    The midfielder was controversially sent off 20 minutes from the end of Saturday's match at the Emirates Stadium for a late tackle on Modou Barrow.

    That forced the North Londoners to hang on to a victory which sent them level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

    But despite believing Xhaka had been on the receiving end of a rough decision, Wenger said he would not contest the dismissal.

    "The sending off looked harsh," said the manager.

    "It was a definite foul but probably dark yellow. The referee went for a dark red.

    "Will I be appealing it? No.

    "He is not a dirty player. Do I need to speak to him? No. I think Barrow made a lot of it but you have to respect the decision. He has to learn from it."

    A stunning volley from Mesut Oezil restored Arsenal's two-goal cushion in the second half only for a goal by Swansea's Borja Baston and Xhaka's red card to set up a nervy finish for the home side.

    "A comfortable afternoon finished in an uncomfortable way but we got over the line," said Wenger.

    "We played in patches some fantastic football.

    "We got over the line because we played with spirit."