Date: 17th October 2016 at 3:27pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about the Swansea City victory this weekend.

Taking all three points on the day at the Emirates Stadium with a brace from Theo Walcott and a Mesut Ozil effort, the game was won three two but with Granit Xhaka’s sending off, it certainly set up a nervy end to the game as Wenger acknowledged, because Swansea piled the pressure on.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Wenger addressed the issue of the sending off and he felt we were unlucky to be down at ten men at the end because the foul to him looked like a ‘dark yellow’ as opposed to a red.

‘Yes, what looked to become a comfortable afternoon finished in a very uncomfortable way. But we just got over the line. I thought we played some fantastic football in patches but at 2-0 maybe we lost our focus a bit. After that, at 3-1, it happened again. When we were down to 10 men at 3-2, we could have scored the fourth goal but we could have conceded as well. In the end we just got over the line. We played together, with spirit until the end. It was difficult at the end.’

Praising the spirit of the side for seeing the game out, he added.

‘Yeah, I felt so. We strengthened our defensive shape with 10 men as well, and I feel that what makes a difference is that everybody who comes on is completely focused to do well. That helps.’

As for the red card itself.

‘It looked harsh to me. But it was a deliberate foul. It looked a dark yellow – and the referee went for a bright red. I think intelligence means you don`t make the same mistake twice, and I hope he learns from that.’

Wenger also confirmed that despite feeling it was harsh, we wouldn’t be appealing and he defended the player for his actions, but confirmed a few words would be had.

‘Before, in Germany, he had some red cards but I don`t think he`s a dirty player at all. Sometimes there have been some clumsy tackles, because he`s not a natural defender, he`s a guy who likes to play forward. I will speak to him. I think Barrow made a lot of it as well, because he could go on. But the referee saw a bad tackle and you have to respect that. It is what it is, and he has to learn from it.’

As for the goalscorers on the day, he opened by talking about Ozil’s fantastic effort on the day and comparisons to Marco Van Basten’s classic were already being made.

‘I do not want to compare, but it was a great goal. When you see Ozil finishing today, you think a little bit that he doesn`t take his chances to shoot enough. When you see him in training, he scores basically when he wants. You speak with the keepers and he`s one of the most difficult players to predict where he`ll put the ball. In the game, I`m happy that he gets goals and I hope that gives him the taste to try more.’

He also confirmed that Walcott was slightly disappointed not to register the hattrick but there was praise nontheless.

‘He could have had a hat-trick, or even four, because he had another chance from Oxlade-Chamberlain. But he scored two goals. I think he`s got seven now, that`s quite encouraging. I would cut the ‘little bit` off in your sentence and just say he`s much more resilient, and not a little bit.’

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