Date: 26th January 2017 at 10:03pm
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At Arsene Wenger’s pre Southampton press conference, there were obviously questions about his charge from the Football Association following the last game.

With a contrite and apologetic Wenger immediately post game, he told the Official Site that he would hold his hands up and accept the charge.

‘Yes (hold his hands up). I`ve answered that in the press conference, there`s not more to add. I`ve been in England for 20 years, I have seen a lot on the bench, as you certainly know. I think if I am after 34 years still in the job it is because I am big enough to stand up for what I do. And as well, I`m big enough to know when I do well and when I do not do well. So that`s it.’

Wenger was questioned on whether his own reaction had surprised him given he normally keeps a lid on things.

‘No, I am a passionate guy and I believe that I am completely committed in my job and want to win football games and I am completely passionate about it, like all the managers who work in the Premier League. I was quite calm in this game, I must say, for 90 minutes.’

Somebody joked that you’re supposed to mellow as you get older.

‘I haven`t been touched by that yet.’

Of course the charge does mean he could face a touchline ban.

‘Of course a touchline ban would mean something because you want to be there, to be physically with the team and the team as well is used to me being there. So it`s not the ideal conditions.’

And whether he was expecting a touchline ban?

‘I expect nothing. I came out after the game and I said what I think I had to say. When I don`t behave like I think I should behave, I`m big enough say ‘yes, that`s not right`, and that`s it. I don`t know if I will be punished and how I will be punished. If I am punished, the only thing I can say is that I thought 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. 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.’

Citing confusion of where exactly he’s supposed to go when sent off, he did think the FA should provide better guidelines.

‘I think so, because you don`t know where to go.’

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