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Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal will not appeal Granit Xhaka’s red card

October 16, 2016

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club will not be appealing Granit Xhaka’s recent red card.

The Frenchman has decided against it, despite criticising referee Jon Moss’ decision to give the Switzerland international his marching orders.

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.’

As the north Londoners are not appealing the red card, Xhaka will now likely miss games against Middlesbrough, Reading, and Sunderland, but should be available again for the north London derby with Tottenham.

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.

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