English Premiership

Critics prefer to see me jailed - Wenger

Arsene Wenger (Gallo Images)
Arsene Wenger (Gallo Images)
London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger brushed off suggestions that his four-match touchline ban for pushing a fourth official was too lenient, saying his critics would still not be satisfied if he was put behind bars.

Wenger was slapped with a fine of $31 327.50 for verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor during Arsenal's Premier League win over Burnley this month.

"Those who don't like me, any sentence will be too lenient. They would like to put me in jail somewhere without anything in the middle of winter – and that will still be lenient," Wenger told British media.

"My reaction (to the ban) is what I said after the game. Let's not bring this situation back again. I do not want to judge what the judge says.

"I got a sentence and I decided not to appeal just to get this behind me. There is no need for me to come back on that."

Wenger watched from the stands as Arsenal thrashed Southampton 5-0 at the St Mary's Stadium on Saturday to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal, who are second in the table, eight points behind Chelsea after 22 games, host 14th-placed Watford on Tuesday.

Fixtures
Sun 05 Jul 20 13:00 PM (SAST)
Burnley
Sheffield United
Turf Moor
Sun 05 Jul 20 15:15 PM (SAST)
Newcastle United
West Ham United
St. James' Park
Sun 05 Jul 20 17:30 PM (SAST)
Liverpool
Aston Villa
Anfield
Results
Sat 04 Jul 20
Chelsea 3
Watford 0
Sat 04 Jul 20
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Arsenal 2
Sat 04 Jul 20
Leicester City 3
Crystal Palace 0
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
32
28
86
2. Manchester City
32
21
66
3. Leicester City
33
17
58
4. Chelsea
33
17
57