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"I Think Xhaka Is An Intelligent Player, Contrary To What I've Heard In Recent Weeks"

"I Think Xhaka Is An Intelligent Player, Contrary To What I've Heard In Recent Weeks"

Arsene Wenger's move into pundrity with beIN Sports has definitely been an interesting one for fans, with the Frenchman offering plenty of great insight and analysis, and while he was expectedly coy about the recent goings on at Arsenal, when speaking on beIN's Champions League coverage on Wednesday, he did give his viewpoint on Granit Xhaka's clash with fans.

"I think Arsenal Football Club is respected all over the world because it's built on values. Everyone has to respect these values and the manager has to get them to be respectful because, for me, Arsenal has always had a touch of class.

"Football has a huge responsibility today, in the modern era. A huge responsibility in the way we behave, in the way that we are examples - or not - and Arsenal is one of the big clubs in the world that has to show that."

When pressed about Xhaka's outburst, Wenger gave a politician's answer but pointed out that the Swiss captain is an "intelligent player" who has since apologised:

"Within every club it's not a plain motorway. You have people with passion, with the pressure they're under, with the disappointment, they have sometimes reactions that you do not want. You have to remind people of the behaviour you want and I think Xhaka is an intelligent player - contrary to what I've heard in recent weeks -  and finally he apologised, and that's what you wanted from him."

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Speaking of Arsenal players, Wenger also gave some detail around Aaron Ramsey's move to Juventus, explaining that he had wanted to keep him at Arsenal and that an agreement had been reached: "He wanted to stay at Arsenal. We had an agreement and the club came back on that, on what I understood. "

Wenger also left the window open to an approach from Bayern Munich, following their sacking of Niko Kovač.

"I would never refuse to talk to Bayern Munich because I know the people who lead the club for 30 years. I nearly went to Bayern a long long time ago and at the moment that's all I can say."

I wonder would Arsenal fans rather him back than the possibility of Jose Mourinho?

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Mark Farrelly
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