Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will accept the charge against him from the Football Association after his shove on the fourth official on Sunday.

The Gunners conceded an injury-time penalty against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium, which Andre Gray converted as it looked like the Turf Moor side had earned a point.

In the aftermath of the decision to to hand the away side a penalty, Wenger lost his control and shoved the fourth official who was trying to reason with him.

Fortunately, Alexis Sanchez then ended up scoring a winning penalty for the Gunners a couple of minutes later but Wenger had been sent off – and he’s now admitted that he will accept the FA’s charge of misconduct.

“Yeah. I answered that in the press conference, there’s not much more to add to that,” Wenger said when asked if he’ll accept the charge. “I’ve been in England for 20 years and seen a lot on the bench. I’m big enough to stand up for what I do and also big enough to know when I do well and when I do not well.

“I’m a passionate guy and I believe that I’m completely committed in my job. I want to win football games, I’m passionate about it, like all the other managers in the Premier League.”

Wenger confirmed he would request a personal hearing but would not be drawn on any mitigating factors he would present.

He added: “I don’t think I have especially to come out with that now. I’ve said what i think i have to say publicly and the rest will be more discrete.”

“I don’t know if I will be punished and how I will be punished. The only thing I can say is that I was surprised when I was sent-off and I was in the tunnel because I thought I had the right to be in the tunnel. Nobody tells you what to do when you’re sent off, you don’t know where to go.

“Last time I was sent off at Old Trafford wrongly and I was in the stands and I didn’t know where to go.

“Of course, I prefer to be physically there with the team and the team is used to me being there, so it’s not ideal conditions. If you ask me, I would prefer to be on the bench.”

The charge is likely to incur a rather large fine for Wenger and the potential for a touchline ban given how poor his attitude was to the matchday official.

With a huge game coming up against Chelsea in just over a week, Wenger will hope a potential touchline ban does not see him miss that match.


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