UEFA have charged Arsene Wenger and Samir Nasri with “inappropriate language” for comments they made to the referee after Tuesday night’s 3-1 defeat to Barcelona which saw the Gunners eliminated from the Champions League.
Wenger had a furious exchange of words with the referee after the game about Massimo Busacca’s decision to send Robin van Persie off for kicking the ball after Busacca had blown for offside early in the second-half when the score was level.
Nasri was one of several Arsenal players who protested to the referee against the Dutchman’s dismissal.
UEFA have studied the referee’s report and the disciplinary case will be heard on March 17.
Wilshere: We’ll bounce-back.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has tipped Arsenal to bounce back from their elimination from the Champions League to Barcelona on Tuesday, The Guardian has revealed.
The Gunners suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Catalan side on Tuesday night, losing 4-3 on aggregate, but the 19-year-old is confident that his side can recover from the defeat and win the Premier League and FA Cup this season to end their trophy drought which has lasted six years so far.
The north London side currently sit second in the league, three points behind Manchester United who they face this weekend in the FA Cup sixth round.
Wilshere said: “We have got great mental strength. There is disappointment in the dressing room, yes, but we have got to pick ourselves up and go to Manchester United to get the win. It is massive.
“We are still in two competitions, just three points behind United in the league and with a game in hand. Maybe now that we are out of Europe, we can be stronger in the league, concentrate on that more, and really push on to try to win it.”
Defeat brings lessons says Sagna.
Bacary Sagna has treated Arsenal’s defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night as a learning experience, insisting that his side “can learn a lot” from the Catalan side in terms of their playing style.
The Arsenal defender has refused to get too depressed over the Gunners’ elimination from Europe’s most prestige club competition and has instead been inspired by the Spanish champions’ performance.
Sagna told reporters: “We can learn a lot from Barcelona – they kept playing as a team, kept passing the ball quite well. We have to think about the way they played and it must be an inspiration. We have to be strong because we want to be successful. We have to fight for the team, for the fans and everyone.”