Arsene Wenger says Granit Xhaka completely denies suggestions that he racially abused a British Airways worker in an incident at Heathrow airport that resulted in the Swiss being interviewed under caution by police.
The 24-year-old was reported for allegedly labelling an employee at Terminal “a f*****g white bitch” after she refused to allow his girlfriend’s brother onto a flight.
The incident capped off a week of bad press for the Switzerland international who was sent off against Burnley and now faces a four-match ban.
Speaking ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash with Southampton, Wenger confirmed he’d spoken to Xhaka about the off-pitch incident revealing:
“He denies completely the incident at Heathrow. I’ve talked with him about that and he denies completely what happened there.
“I’ve spoken to him about it, he denies completely the incident.”
Clarifying exactly what Xhaka denies, Wenger later added: “He denies what he’s alleged to have said.”
Asked about the player’s temperament and if he’s let the club down, Wenger continued: “I can only talk about him from what I’ve seen since the start [of his Arsenal career].
“He’s had a fantastic attitude since he arrived here on a daily basis. Sometimes you don’t know how players behave on a daily basis, but I must say he has been absolutely marvellous to handle on a daily basis.
Commitment, focus, dedication…I’ve never heard any bad noise about him.”