Arsene Wenger faces further sanctions from UEFA for communicating with the Arsenal bench during the Champions League qualifier against Udinese, BBC Sport has revealed.
The Gunners boss was forced to watch the game from the stands as he was serving a touchline ban which was carried over from last season. The club believed Wenger could pass messages on from the stand to Pat Rice via Coach Boro Primorac but UEFA insisted this was not the agreement and the Frenchman was warned not to make any contact with his assistant for the remainder of the game.
Arsenal must wait to see if UEFA feel the Frenchman breached the rules of his suspension to see if he can take control of the side during the return leg in Italy, although the club are likely to plead that the situation was just a misunderstanding of the terms of his ban.
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Walcott wary of Udinese threat.
Theo Walcott is pleased with Arsenal’s victory over Udinese, but he feels the Serie A side taught the Gunners a lesson, according to Goal.com.
Despite taking the lead through Walcott after four minutes, Arsenal were on the back foot for most of the game and were lucky to come away with the win. Walcott feels that, although there are a lot of positives to take from the game, the Gunners were taught a few lessons in the match and face a tough test when they travel to Udine for the second-leg.
He said: “The whole night was very positive. We got another important clean sheet and a lot of young lads came on tonight, did very well and got Premier League experience. Udinese are a very, very good team. Technically they’re excellent and they’re strong and quick. At times they taught us a bit of a lesson but in the end it was a great result. There’s going to be more pressure at their place, as they will have to come at us. It will be tough but we look forward to the battle.”
Gervinho ban upheld.
The FA have dismissed Arsenal striker Gervinho’s appeal against the red card he received during his side’s 0-0 draw away to Newcastle United on Saturday and the Ivory Coast international will now serve a three-match ban for violent conduct, The Daily Mail reports.
The 24-year-old was sent off for slapping Joey Barton after the Newcastle midfielder grabbed him by the jersey and shouted at him as he believed Gervinho dived. The Gunners appealed against the ban as they claimed three-games was “clearly excessive” but the FA regulatory commission ruled that the punishment should stand, meaning Gervinho will miss the fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Song also faces suspension from these matches as he faces a separate charge of violent conduct for stamping on Barton’s leg in the first-half.
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