Granit Xhaka saw red for a tackle on Swansea’s Modou Barrow during Arsenal’s thrilling 3-2 victory at the Emirates. Fans on twitter were dismayed by the referee’s decision, even calling upon the club to launch a formal appeal.

It was far from a comfortable victory against Swansea for Arsenal as they emerged 3-2 victors on Saturday at the Emirates. And Granit Xhaka’s red card did little to lighten the pressure on the Gunners in the closing stages of the game as Swansea came within a goal of completing an unlikely come-back in new coach Bob Bradley’s first outing.

Xhaka doesn’t have a particularly good disciplinary record from his time at the Bundesliga and his sending off on Saturday at the Emirates took his tally of red cards to 4 in the last year and to 8 in the last two. Arsene Wenger was critical of the Swiss midfielder’s behaviour and insisted that the 24-year-old needed to learn to keep his emotions in check.

Fans, however, were left debating the extent of punishment dished out to Xhaka with a significant number of the opinion that the foul was certainly worth a yellow but not a straight red.

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