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Arsene Wenger Is In Serious Trouble After Latest FA Charge But Something’s Got To Give

Having conceded a controversial penalty in the dying minutes against West Brom on New Year’s Eve, Arsene Wenger reportedly entered the officials’ room and exchanged words with Mike Dean.

As a result, the Arsenal manager has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association and could be facing a very serious ban.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw in his post-match press conference, Wenger also addressed the incident suggesting that there was some sort of officiating conspiracy against the Gunners and that Mike Dean ‘saw what he wanted to see’ in awarding the controversial penalty kick.

“It was very disappointing, in the way it happened,” he said. “I must say what is more frustrating for me is that it happened many times this season.

“It was at Stoke, at Watford, at Man City, at West Brom, and that is a concerning coincidence for me.

“That’s why I was not happy at all with the movement that the referee made to show why he gave the penalty because that did not correspond at all with what happened.

“On that front, it’s a bit worrying.”

Asked if Dean had explained his decision after the game, Wenger continued, “No. He saw what he wanted to see.

Mike Dean has a reputation as a Spurs fan having behaved in a very suspicious manner on multiple occasions while refereeing the Lilywhites.

Add to this, a statistical study conducted in 2015 conclusively found that Arsenal’s chances of victory ‘significantly decrease’ when Mike Dean is officiating one of their fixtures.

With this in mind, Wenger’s accusations with regard to Dean’s refereeing certainly hold some water. However, following his latest charge, the Arsenal manager could be facing a lengthy ban after the Frenchman already served a suspension for a similar offence in the past 12 months.

It’s unlikely that the Arsenal manager will come out of this with any more than another spell in the stands. However, the numbers don’t lie and given Dean’s consistently suspicious behaviour while refereeing Spurs, isn’t it time somebody seriously looked at Arsenal’s record under the 49-year-old’s supervision?

For the record, the Match of the Day panel unanimously agreed that his latest penalty decision against the Gunners was ‘very generous’.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.