The Gunners boss says the incident, which saw the Swiss international send against Burnley, was dealt with internally.
Mikel Arteta says he’s not ready to “throw everything away” with Granit Xhaka just because the midfielder made a mistake when he was fired against Burnley.
Xhaka saw red on Sunday night’s 1-0 defeat after catching Ashley Westwood around the throat during an on-field scrimmage triggered by a bad challenge.
Arteta labeled the incident as “unacceptable” immediately after the game and there were suggestions that Xhaka might let go when the transfer window opens, either in January or in the summer.
But Arteta backed the Swiss international when asked if the 28-year-old still has a future at Arsenal after the latest in what was a series of rocky moments during his stay in north London.
“He has and he’s not the only one, there are a lot of players who have had tough moments,” the Gunners boss said.
“What I can say about Granit is his professionalism, his engagement with the club and his team is maximum.
“He knows, and we all know he had a moment where he lost it. I know the reason, but what I can’t do is discard everything he did because he made a mistake.
“We all make mistakes and I’m also here to protect the players when I see that they deserve it and, of course, Granit is one of them because of his way of approaching each training, how he wants to do things. all the time and the professional that he is. “
Xhaka is Arsenal’s second high-profile player dismissed during the club’s recent bad form.
Nicolas Pepe also saw a red card during the 0-0 draw at Leeds after he spotted him aiming a header against Ezgjan Alioski during an off-ball event.
Pepe later apologized publicly for his actions, something Xhaka had not done yet.
Arteta would not aim to see if the midfielder at least apologized to his teammates, although he said the incident was now being handled behind the scenes.
“Whatever happened inside, I’m sorry, but we can’t discuss,” he said. “It was resolved internally and that’s what I can say.”