No Xhaka red ap­peal

> Wenger ready to ac­cept mid­fielder’s red card, Po­chet­tino pos­i­tive af­ter Bag­gies draw

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ARSE­NAL MAN­AGER Arsene Wenger has re­vealed he will not be ap­peal­ing the red card given to Granit Xhaka dur­ing the Gun­ners’ nar­row 3-2 win over Swansea City.

The mid­fielder was con­tro­ver­sially sent off 20 min­utes from the end of Satur­day’s match at the Emi­rates Sta­dium for a late tackle on Modou Bar­row.

That forced the North Lon­don­ers to hang on to a vic­tory which sent them level on points with Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City.

But de­spite be­liev­ing Xhaka had been on the re­ceiv­ing end of a rough de­ci­sion, Wenger said he would not con­test the dis­missal.

“The send­ing off looked harsh,” said Wenger. “It was a def­i­nite foul but prob­a­bly dark yel­low. The ref­eree went for a dark red. Will I be ap­peal­ing it? No.

“He is not a dirty player. Do I need to speak to him? No. I think Bar­row made a lot of it but you have to re­spect the de­ci­sion. He has to learn from it. We kept our de­fen­sive shape with 10 men, ev­ery­one was com­pletely fo­cused.”

Arse­nal were seem­ingly in con­trol at 20 and 3-1 af­ter Theo Wal­cott cap­i­talised on de­fen­sive mis­takes to score twice in seven min­utes in the first half be­fore Gylfi Sig­urds­son pulled a goal back for Swansea.

A stun­ning vol­ley from Me­sut Ozil re­stored Arse­nal’s two-goal cush­ion in the sec­ond half only for a goal by Swansea’s Borja Bas­ton and Xhaka’s red card to set up a nervy fin­ish for the home side.

“A com­fort­able af­ter­noon fin­ished in an un­com­fort­able way but we got over the line,” said Wenger. “We played in patches some fan­tas­tic foot­ball. We got over the line be­cause we played with spirit.”

This was Amer­i­can Bob Bradley’s first game in English foot­ball and there were enough pos­i­tive points for the Swansea man­ager to be­lieve that the Welsh club can move away from the drop zone de­spite now sit­ting sec­ond-bot­tom with just four points.

“None of us walk out of here feel­ing good, but we’ve had a good week of train­ing and we can see some good things that hap­pened,” Bradley said.

“That game had many dif­fer­ent parts. We started poorly. De­fen­sively, the first two goals were not han­dled well, but we gave our­selves a real chance.

“We were slow to step out, we gave them too much space...We showed them too much re­spect.”

Mean­while Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino was de­lighted at the char­ac­ter his team had shown af­ter Satur­day’s 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Al­bion.

Vic­tory would have ex­tended Spurs run of vic­to­ries in all com­pe­ti­tions to six, but Po­chet­tino was sat­is­fied to keep his team’s record as the only un­beaten Premier League side this sea­son.

The draw was the least the vis­i­tors de­served af­ter forc­ing a man-of-the-match per­for­mance from Al­bion goal­keeper Ben Foster at The Hawthorns.

Nacer Chadli put the home side ahead against the run of play eight min­utes from time.

De­spite that set­back, Spurs re­cov­ered

Arse­nal’s Granit Xhaka is sent off by ref­eree Jonathan Moss dur­ing Satur­day’s English Premier League match at the Emi­rates Sta­dium. –

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