There has been no doubt that Arsenal fans have been due to finally see some good news, but it still doesn’t seem to want to show itself just yet with our under-fire manager Arsene Wenger being handed a two-match ban from UEFA.
The boss was certainly filmed undertaking some dodgy actions while serving his one-match ban in the stands for the Champions League qualifier with Udinese and it seems after a probe into the matter, UEFA have seen enough to warrant Wenger’s guilty verdict with Arsenal stating in retaliation that they will appeal the decision.
UEFA said on the matter: “The UEFA control and disciplinary body has suspended manager Arsene Wenger from carrying out his duties at Arsenal’s next two UEFA competition matches.
“Today’s decision was taken in relation to the Arsenal manager not abiding by the decision of the control and disciplinary body during the English club’s Champions League play-off game against Udinese last Tuesday, August 16.
“Wenger is therefore suspended for Arsenal’s second-leg match against Udinese in Italy on Wednesday and then the next UEFA competition fixture for which he would be eligible.
“The control and disciplinary body has also decided to fine Arsenal [£8743] for improper conduct by its officials.
“An appeal may be lodged against these decisions within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision.”
The decision couldn’t come at a more crucial time with Arsenal set to play Udinese in a match that will decide their Champions League fate, as well as the bottom line with £25m up for grabs. But, in hindsight, it also gives management under Wenger to show their worth to the club with the likes of Pat Rice coming under fire for simply taking instructions and not commanding the situation in the first-leg.
There is no doubt we will have a better chance of victory with the likes of Song, Gervinho and possibly Wilshere available for selection. Even without Wenger I feel that his ban shouldn’t have much impact on the outcome of the match, that is if management stand-up and take control as they should have in the first-leg. Come on lads, keep our fine Champions League record going!