Wondering why Arsene Wenger has been watching Arsenal’s recent games from the stands?
The Frenchman has been serving a three-game touchline ban for his comments towards Mike Dean in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against West Brom at the end of December.
Dean awarded the Baggies a late penalty in the game at the Hawthorns, having judged Gunners defender Calum Chambers to have handled the ball as Kieran Gibbs tried to nudge it past him in the area.
Wenger stated after the game that Dean “did not see” the incident, but what he actually said to the official in the dressing room has come to light.
In a published report, the FA stated that Wenger entered the referee’s office and was “very aggressive” towards Mike Dean and called the referee ”a disgrace”.
Dean reported: “As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’.
“He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying ‘you’re not honest’ on numerous occasions.
“I replied ‘so you’re calling me a cheat’.
“He replied ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’.”
“He then said ‘you’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’.
“He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.”
Wenger was forced to watch from the stands as the Gunners’ fell to shock defeats against Nottingham and Bournemouth, as well as the goalless draw against Chelsea.
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