Arsene Wenger: Granit Xhaka denies saying alleged racist words

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The Arsenal boss confirmed on Thursday that the midfielder has “completely denied” the allegations after speaking with him

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Granit Xhaka has “completely denied” allegations he racially abused an airline staff member at Heathrow Airport on Monday.

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Xhaka, 24, was interviewed by police after allegedly racially abusing an airline staff member when his fiancé’s brother was denied entry onto a flight back home to Germany after turning up late.

The incident came less than 24 hours after Xhaka was sent off during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley and Goal understands that the Switzerland international believes he was ‘provoked’ and denies using the alleged racist words attributed to him by a third party at Heathrow Terminal 5.

“I’ve spoken to him about it and he denies the incident completely,” Wenger told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup game at Southampton.

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“He denied what he is alleged to have said.”

Xhaka is currently serving a four-match suspension after his red card against Burnley, meaning he’ll miss next month’s crucial Premier League clash away to Chelsea as well as this weekend’s cup match at St Mary’s.

Since the start of last season, Xhaka has received the most red cards (5) out of any player in Europe’s top five leagues and Wenger has urged him to improve his tackling technique by “staying on his feet”.

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