Saturday, 7 January 2017


After giving away a penalty in the 3-3 draw
with Bournemouth, but the Frenchman has
forfended him against claims he has poor
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists
Granit Xhaka is not a dirty player despite
the midfielder's nonchalant start to life in
The 24-year-old arrived at Arsenal from
Borussia Monchengladbach in the close-
season with a reputation as a rough player.
Xhaka has been sent off in the Premier
League and he gave away his latest
penalty in a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth
last time out.
But Wenger believes the Switzerland
international is exhibiting amelioration
defensively, gainsaying claims he is dirty.
"You can see in his game he is not a dirty
player. Overall I am quite happy with his
defensive evolution," Wenger said.
"He is less spectacular in his tackling and
he stays more on his feet. He uses his body
better to win the challenges and his
recovery runs are stronger when the ball
goes behind him.
"He is much more focused defensively than
before. He has improved a lot on that
"He has conceded a few and I agree he has
to stop that," he added.
"But always it's… is it really a penalty or
not? I think he was unlucky on both
occasions, but he has to adapt."
Wenger needs Xhaka at his best,
categorically with Santi Cazorla still sidelined
and Francis Coquelin set to miss four
weeks with a hamstring injury.
As his team prepare to face Preston North
End in the FA Cup on Saturday, Wenger additionally
verbally expressed he feels Xhaka has been hapless with
the spot-kicks he has conceded.

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