Date: 23rd January 2017 at 10:38am
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Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is likely to hear from the FA after he pushed fourth official Anthony Taylor during our dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday. The boss has since admitted he regretted his actions.

Wenger’s angry reaction to a 93rd minute penalty awarded to Burnley by Jon Moss – converted by Andre Gray to seemingly deny Arsenal a win – saw him sent to the stands by the referee.

However, Wenger stood on the tunnel entrance as he attempted to watch the closing minutes with Taylor telling him to leave the pitch side completely. The boss refused to do so then pushed the official ahead of Alexis Sanchez’s 98th minute penalty winner.

Commenting on his actions – and what had seen him sent to the stands anyway – in his press conference Wenger was quoted by the BBC as saying.

‘I should have shut up – I apologise for not having done that. It was nothing malicious. I should have kept my control, even if it was in a hectic time.’


‘Look, it was nothing bad. I said something that you hear every day in football. Overall, nine times out of 10, you are not sent to the stand for that. If I am, I am, and I should have shut up completely. I was quite calm for the whole game, more than usual.’

Wenger will probably be subjected to a touchline ban – maybe two games – and warned about his ‘future conduct’ by the FA I would think.

Not only will the boss be absent we’ll also have to do without Granit Xhaka once again as he’ll serve another suspension. His sending off – the second red he’s received from Moss this season – will see him serve a four match ban.

His initial reaction to the Swiss midfielders sending off was to say.

‘The challenge was on the other side of the pitch. If it is a red card, we just have to apologise and make sure it does not happen again because that could damage the team too much.’

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