Arsene Wenger has come out in defence for under-fire midfielder, Granit Xhaka, as reported by Sky Sports.
Arsenal’s Swiss international, Granit Xhaka was sent off eleven minutes after the opening goal, in what another reckless challenge – his second red card of the season. The former Borussia Mönchengladbach captain was then also involved in an altercation at Heathrow Airport, where allegedly had made racist comments towards an employee.
Many fans have left questioning Xhaka’s temperament, but Arsene Wenger, however, has come out with a more reasonable opinion on the player.
“I felt that the sending off was harsh when I watched it again. It was not a dangerous tackle, it was a clumsy tackle. You have to accept that he can be punished for these kinds of tackles now. He has to learn from that.”
“I would encourage him not to tackle and stay on his feet. You can improve it, but in a one-on-one situation it’s better to stay up.”
When asked about the alleged Heathrow incident, Wenger once again backed his player.
“He denies it completely. I spoke to him and he denies anything the happened there.”
“I can only talk about him on what I’ve seen since the start. He’s had a fantastic attitude since he arrived here on a daily basis.”
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