Wenger: Xhaka red card “looked harsh to me”

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The important news for Arsenal on the day was that the Gunners managed to extend their unbeaten streak to six in the Premier League, but Arsene Wenger was still a bit peeved with one of the game’s crucial decisions.

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With 20 minutes remaining in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Swansea City, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off after a clumsy challenge from behind on Modou Barrow.

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Despite the clear-cut nature of the foul, Wenger felt the referee’s decision was a bit harsh on the Swiss international, who has now been red carded four times since the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

“It looked harsh to me — a dark yellow but the referee went for a bright red,” said Wenger following the match. “He’s not a dirty player at all but I think Barrow made a lot of it as well. You have to respect the decision and he has to learn from it.”

All in all, though, Wenger was pleased with his team’s composure in the face of adversity.

“What looked to be a comfortable afternoon finished in an uncomfortable way, but we just got over the line,” he added. “I think we played some fantastic football, but at 2-0 we lost our focus. We could have scored the fourth goal and we could have conceded, but we played with spirit and got there in the end.

“I feel what makes the difference is everyone that comes on is focused and that helps a lot.”