Arsenal are reveling in the ambiance of confidence and consistency, and this has seen the team won six games consecutively.
We won Swansea City in a thrilling Premier League game that left most of us at the edge of out seats. The victory was made harder by a red card picked up by Xhaka, but eventually sweeter because we are now jointly on top of the Premier League log.
A lot of fans and pundits criticized the referee Jonathan Moss for flashing the wrong “Bright Red Card” but Wenger has revealed that he will not be appealing Xhaka’s punishement.
Xhaka was sent off after bringing down Modou Barrow with an outstretched leg during the Gunners’ 3-2 victory over Swansea City on Saturday.
‘No [we won’t be appealing],’ said Wenger after the match.
‘Before, in Germany, he had some [red cards] but I don’t think he’s a dirty player at all.
‘He is not a natural defender. He is a guy who likes to play forward, and Barrow made a lot of it as well.
‘Because he was gone, the referee saw a bad tackle. It is what it is, he has to learn from it. Intelligence means that you do not make the same mistake twice.’
He will sit out of our next two Premier League games and an EFL cup. However, there is enough cover for him.
The red is Xhaka’s eighth in just three seasons with Arsenal and former side Borussia Monchengladbach, and may be an area which the midfielder will look to improve on.
This might just be a lesson for him. When he sits out for four matches, you’d expect a more careful tackler.