‘Passionate guy’ Wenger will take FA punishment on the chin

Date published: Thursday 26th January 2017 10:36

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will accept a Football Association misconduct charge after being sent from the touchline in Sunday’s win over Burnley.

The fiery Frenchman was ordered to the stands by referee Jon Moss after allegedly using abusive or insulting language towards fourth official Anthony Taylor after an injury-time penalty was awarded to the visitors.

Wenger then tried to watch the remainder of the contest from the tunnel and was then shown pushing Taylor, who was asking him to move back.

When asked if he would accept the charge, he replied: “Yes, I answered that in the press conference, I have little more to add. I am big enough to stand up for what I do.

“When I don’t behave like I think I should behave, I am big enough to say I am not right.

“I’m a passionate guy and I believe that I am completely committed in my job and want to win the football games.

“I’m been in England in 20 years, I’ve seen a lot on the bench. I’m big enough to stand up and know when I do well and not well.

“I prefer to be physically with the team.”

Wenger then hailed his side’s battling qualities after they recovered to beat Burnley with a last-gast Alexis Sanchez panenka penalty.

“This team has shown qualities that are very important. We are relentless, we keep going,” said Wenger.

“We have produced more goals in the final five minutes than anyone else.

“There’s a great unity in this team.”

He also defended his decision to stand at the top of the tunnel, insisting there are no instructions where a manager is to go once dismissed from the touchline.

Wenger referenced an incident at Manchester United in 2009 when he was sent off in injury-time for kicking a bottle and ended up behind the dugout with the home fans.

“When I was sent off I was surprised and I was in the tunnel because I thought I had the right to be in the tunnel,” he said.

“Last time I was sent off wrongly, in 2009, I had to go in the stand at Old Trafford and I didn’t know where to go. No one tells you what you have to do when you are sent off.”

Asked if the guidelines need to be made clearer, he added: “I think so, because you don’t know where to go.”

Wenger has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the FA charge, having admitted after the game he should have “shut up” and “gone home” rather than get involved in a spat with Taylor.

“Arsene Wenger has been charged for misconduct following Arsenal’s game against Burnley on Sunday (22 January 2017),” an FA statement issued on Monday ready.

“It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official.

“It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.”

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