Arsene Wenger is facing his most difficult period as manager of Arsenal, with the Frenchman having seen his team collect just one point from their two opening Premier League fixtures, while Samir Nasri is threatening to further deplete the midfield after Cesc Fabregas left for Barcelona.
The Gunners travel to Italy this week hoping to qualify for the Champions League group stage at the expense of Udinese, although it appears that Arsene Wenger will once again be watching the second leg from the stands after UEFA issued a fresh ban following a charge that the Arsenal manager was seen communicating with the bench during the first leg which his team won 1-0.
A statement from UEFA read: “The UEFA control and disciplinary Body has suspended manager Arsene Wenger from carrying out his duties at Arsenal FC’s next two UEFA competition matches.
“Today’s decision was taken in relation to the Arsenal manager not abiding by the decision of the control and disciplinary body during the English club’s Champions League play-off game against Udinese last Tuesday, August 16”.
Arsenal claim that UEFA officials had told them it would be acceptable for Wenger to relay instructions to Pat Rice through the medium of first-team coach Boro Primorac, with the latter sitting next to Wenger in the stands.