Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Swansea City brings them to the top of the table and at level with Manchester City
Even though they were one man down on Saturday’s game with Swansea City the Arsenal team won the match with a 3 to 2 victory. Granit Xhaka’s dismissal in the game was only worthy of a “dark yellow” card and not a red, according to Arsene Wenger.
Signs of a pleasant afternoon, after Walcott had the hosts 2-0 up within half hour, converted into a second-period slog, all thanks to Granit Xhaka and his 70th-minute red card, for foul on Modou Barrow from behind, which clipped the back of the Swansea winger’s legs.
Arsenal the league’s in-form side, having registered a sixth back-to-back win.
“In front of me it looked harsh,” Arsene Wenger said of Xhaka’s sending off. “The referee made the decision, and we had to get on with it.”
He further added that it’s a good period of games that Arsenal has had. Where they won games and the dressing room exudes confidence that it can do better.
“Most of the match Arsenal played fantastically, however at times they made it a bit too comfortable for Swansea in a few situations, and that is something that needs to be corrected in future games.
Arsenal had the lead within 25 minutes when Alexis Sanchez’s lofted pass found Hector Bellerin, who headed the ball into the six-yard box.
This incident would mark the fourth time since the start of last season that the midfielder has been red carded, which is more than any other player currently in the top five European leagues.
Even then Wenger is standing by Xhaka opinioning that he didn’t play with deliberate malice and complained that there was an over-exaggerated reaction from Barrow which played a part in referee Jonathan Moss influencing his decision.