It was a hard fought victory for us against Swansea yesterday and what made it sweeter was the fact that Manchester City and Tottenham dropped points – we are now level on point with Manchester City, who are ahead of us with a positive goal difference.
Midfielder Granit Xhaka picked his first red card for Arsenal yesterday after a cynical foul on Modou Barrow and Wenger has insisted that the player is not dirty in his tackles.
Xhaka, 24, was shown a red by referee John Moss with just about 20mins left. He now faces three game bans and Wenger has said that he will not 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.”
Thankfully, Francis Coquelin is back and we expect him to feature in Premier League games against Boro and Sunderland, then the EFL Cup tie with Reading.
Wengers decision not to appeal could just be that he wants the Swiss international to learn his lesson and be more careful subsequently.