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Watch: Did Arsène Wenger Push The Fourth Official During Stoke Clash?

Arsenal Wenger Push

Arsenal (briefly) moved to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Stoke City.

A Charlie Adam penalty put the visitors in front at the Emirates, but a Theo Walcott effort just before half time and further goals from Mesut Özil and Alex Iwobi ensured the three points for Arsène Wenger’s side.

However, there was another major talking point from the game, one that did not even occur on the pitch. At one point in the game, Wenger remonstrated with fourth official Paul Tierney over Lee Mason’s decision to award Stoke their penalty.

At which point the Arsenal manager put his hand on Tierney’s chest in what some are deeming to be a push:

From that angle (from any angle, in fact) it is inconclusive as to whether or not Wenger has pushed Tierney out of his technical area, or if in fact he is using physical means to explain another decision out on the pitch that he has a problem with.

Of course, there are those who see this as an open-and-shut case of Wenger pushing an official (the words “José” and “Mourinho” appear quite a lot here…) and expect the book to be thrown at him:

Wenger is expected to escape FA sanction for the incident, with the Frenchman highly unlikely to be charged.

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Author: The PA Team

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