Wednesday 17 August 2011 by Formelia Alberthine

Arsenal fans expecting further punishment as Wenger returns to dug out


Arsenal fans are expecting an avalanche of future punishment with manager Arsene Wenger set to return to the dug-out for this weekend’s premier league fixture against Liverpool.

The Frenchman, suspected of obstructing his side’s progress to the group stages of the Champions League by passing ‘tactical’ messages to team assistant Pat Rice during their two leg tie against Udinese, reportedly refused to speak to the media after the game.

This morning Wenger said he was anxious to see the side return to his favoured free-flowing footballing failure after the one-nil victory over the Italians.

He told reporters at Arsenals London Colney training ground, “Last night was not just an example of an outlandishly crass ban from UEFA, but an example of all the things that used to be so wrong at Arsenal.”

“Just look at the rubbish scoreline – one-nil.”

“It says it all doesn’t it?”

Touchline ban

Wenger went on, “Remove me from the dug-out and it will be an immediate regression back to the bad old days of ‘boring, boring Arsenal,’ frequently winning games and the inevitable collection of silverware that follows.”

“How dull would that be?”

“I can think of nothing worse, and for sure, I know the fans feel the same.”

“Just look how many of them stayed away when I wasn’t in the managerial hot-seat.”

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