Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will not appeal Granit Xhaka’s red card after the Swiss midfielder was harshly dismissed by referee Jon Moss in the 3-2 win over Swansea on Saturday.
The summer signing was given his marching orders on 70 minutes for a petulant trip on Modou Barrow; a decision that was probably over the top given it happened on the halfway line.
Speaking after the game about the episode, Wenger made clear that, despite believing Xhaka was hard done by, he wouldn’t try and have the red rescinded.
“It looked harsh to me,” said the boss. “But it was a deliberate foul. It looked a dark yellow – and the referee went for a bright red.
“No [we won’t be appealing],” he added.
Annoyingly, Xhaka now faces a three match ban, as well as further scrutiny of the bad boy reputation he earned during his time in the Bundesliga. Wenger says he’ll have a chat with the player and hope he’ll learn from it.
“Before, in Germany, he had some [red cards] but I don’t think he’s a dirty player at all. Sometimes there have been some clumsy tackles, because he’s not a natural defender, he’s a guy who likes to play forward.
“I will speak to him. I think Barrow made a lot of it as well, because he could go on. But the referee saw a bad tackle and you have to respect that. It is what it is, and he has to learn from it.”