Why Xhaka’s red was worth it

Jon Moss was in the spotlight again this weekend after sending off another player, this time Granit Xhaka of Arsenal.

The Gunners were hosting Swansea at the Emirates yesterday afternoon knowing a win could see them go top of the Premier League if other results when their way. But at 3-2 up, they saw their chances potentially dashed by Xhaka’s dismissal.

It came at a time when Arsenal had just seen the Welsh club claw a goal back and were suddenly looking a real threat. The Swiss international committed a professional foul on Modou Barrow to stop a good-looking counter-attack.

Moss deemed it worthy of a red, though many felt it should have been yellow, and the Gunners had to see out the rest of the game with ten men.

Nevertheless, they did manage to hold on to their lead and claim a vital three points in the title race, with the foul Xhaka committed arguably actually helping them preserve that lead. That’s according to @arseblog on Twitter: