Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger confirms that Wojciech Szczesny might be reprimanded by the club internally for his obscene gesture against Bayern Munich.


Wojciech Szczesny’s trouble hasn’t stopped with the red card he was shown during the first leg of the round-of-16 clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich as he brought down Arjen Robben in the box. The Polish international was also caught making some obscene gesture off the pitch on television. It will be interesting to see if UEFA decides to look into this matter, but Arsene Wenger has stated that the club will deal with it internally.

“We’ll deal with that internally. We don’t agree with that. It was frustration, but we are professionals, me included, and we always have to master reactions. Wojciech is part of that as well.” – The Arsenal manager said ahead of their clash against Sunderland on Saturday.

But Wenger also believes that the decision to send off Szczesny was harsh and one that lacked “common sense”. The Frenchman feels that a yellow card would have been sufficient for the incident and insisted Szczesny didn’t have any violent intent in that challenge.

“Certainly the common sense says you should divide what is inside the box and what is outside the box because denying a goalscoring opportunity inside the box is restored by the fact you get a penalty. In this case for example, with Robben, the penalty was a better chance than what he had when he was denied a goalscoring opportunity. The yellow card would have been enough, because it was not violent conduct by Wojciech as he went for the ball. He caught him but certainly you would want not to kill a game of that stature by a decision that does not make any common sense.” – Wenger added.

Arsene Wenger was also full of praise for Yaya Sanogo, who was a surprise selection against Bayern Munich as Olivier Giroud watched on from the bench. Sanogo has done enough to impress in his last two outings and the Arsenal manager believes that his freshness could provide a boost for the Gunners in the closing stages of this season.

“I think so [He is ready for top-level]. He hasn’t played many games and that can be a huge contribution for the end of the season, yes. [His development] played a big part in it [not buying a striker in January], because you compare the potential arrivals of the players with his qualities, and that was for me in favour of Sanogo.” – He explained.