How to interpret Arsene’s behaviour on Tuesday night?
Barred from the touchline by UEFA after confronting the officials in the aftermath of March’s defeat to Barcelona, was our esteemed Gallic tactician genuinely confused by the rules of his ban, or was his decision to brazenly communicate with Pat Rice on the Arsenal bench an open ‘fuck you’ aimed at Michel Platini and his euro-minions?
Arseblog News would like to believe it’s the latter, but at the same time keeps its fingers crossed that UEFA assume the former; the last thing we need is for Wenger to be absent from the bench for the second-leg against Udinese with nervousness already pervading the first team squad.
For what it’s worth, this is the line Wenger has spun for Arsenal.com:
“It was difficult because you didn’t really know what the rules were.
“They told us first we could communicate through my assistant and at half-time it was not like that. It was a bit confusing.
“It is a real concern because up to what level can you stop someone doing their job?
“I did not feel I had done a lot. We tried to respect the rules as they are set by UEFA but, of course, it is very difficult to see how you can stop someone having an influence.
“What is true is that you can’t go to the dressing rooms but I did not do that.”
Make of that what you will…