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Arsenal FC news: Arsene Wenger says club will NOT appeal Granit Xhaka red card, praising ‘resilient’ Theo Walcott

16 Oct

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal will not be appealing against Granit Xhaka’s red card in their 3-2 victory over Swansea.

The 24-year-old was dismissed after 70 minutes for a challenge on Modou Barrow but despite classing the decision as ‘a little harsh’, Wenger will not be challenging the decision made by referee Jon Moss.

Wenger said: “No (we will not appeal the decision). It looked harsh to me but it was a deliberate foul.

“It looked a ‘dark yellow’ but the referee went for bright red.”

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The Gunners made it six Premier League wins in a row, with a brace from Theo Walcott and a goal from birthday boy Mesut Ozil proving enough though Swansea twice pulled within one, through Gylfi Sigurdsson in the first half and Borja Baston in the second.

Wenger continued: “What looked to be a comfortable afternoon finished in a very uncomfortable way. We just got over the line.

“I thought at times we played fantastic football, we lost a bit of our focus and after that, at 3-1, we could have conceded.

“We played with spirit but it was difficult in the end.”

Walcott’s brace on Saturday made it six goals in five games for the 27-year-old and Wenger believes he is looking stronger as a player this season.

The French boss added: “He could have had a hat-trick, maybe even four.

“He scored two goals, I make that six now which is very encouraging.

“He is much more resilient.”

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