It would appear that Arsene Wenger is firmly on the FA’s naughty list.
On Tuesday English football’s governing body charged the Frenchman for allegedly questioning the integrity of referee Mike Dean during a post-match confrontation about the decision to award a penalty against Arsenal.
On decisions going against his side, Wenger remarked on Tuesday: “I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season — at Stoke, at Watford, at Manchester City, at West Brom. That is a concerning coincidence for me.”
After his side conceded another soft penalty on Wednesday night, Wenger returned to the subject in his post-game press conference, “We got, again, a farcical decision but we knew that as well before, so we have to deal with that.”
In an interview with Sky Sports, he later added: “When opinions always go the same way it’s coincidence. Statistically, it’s built on the fact that when it’s repeated it’s not coincidence.”
Wenger has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the FA’s latest invitation to chat.
He insists he’ll contest the other charge, emphatically stating last night: “You can listen to every interview I said, and I stick to everything I said without any problem. I am 35 years in football, I know what I say after the game and I stand up for what I said. No problem.”