Wenger: Xhaka’s not dirty, but I’ll speak to him

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Arsene Wenger insists that Granit Xhaka is not a dirty player, but says he’ll have a word with the midfielder after his red card against Swansea yesterday.

The Swiss international was dismissed with 20 minutes to go for a cynical foul on Modou Barrow, and now faces a three game ban which the manager has already said we won’t appeal.

Speaking about his disciplinary history and some red cards in the Bundesliga, Wenger said, “In Germany, he had some 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. I hope he learns from that.”

The 23 year old now stands to miss the Premier League games against Boro and Sunderland, as well as the EFL Cup tie with Reading.

For a card the manager has already described more as ‘deep yellow‘ than red, it seems odd that we wouldn’t appeal – to miss three games for that foul seems particularly harsh.

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