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Arsene Wenger Apologises After Shoving Fourth Official

Arsene Wenger has acknowledged his furious reaction to Burnley being awarded a penalty was wrong after the Arsenal manager was sent off on Sunday.

The Gunners boss was sent off removed during an extraordinary period of injury time at Emirates Stadium, where 10-man Arsenal conceded an equalizer to Andre Gray, only for Alexis Sanchez to score his own penalty in the 98th minute to snatch a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat.

Wenger was furious with referee Jon Moss’s decision to penalized Francis Coquelin for a foul on Ashley Barnes. But he was more than happy with the refereeing crews inability to spot that Laurent Koscielny was offside in the build up to the Arsenal penalty.

“My view is that honestly I did not see that it was a penalty,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the BBC when asked about Burnley’s spot-kick.

“I will have to watch it on the video. Francis told me that he ran into him. Myself, I should have shut up and I apologise for not having done that. It was nothing malicious. I should have kept my control, even if it was in a hectic time.

“I didn’t see any penalty from outside but I should have shut up and I apologise, even if I was frustrated.

“We finally got the win but of course it was very difficult for us. We couldn’t get the second goal, we played with 10 men and they played well as well. In the end we got the three points we wanted.

“Burnley are well organised, they make the game simple but efficient. We won there in the last second and we won again in the last second today,” he added, referring to Koscielny’s last-gasp winner at Turf Moor in October.

“Every week and every game is an unbelievable fight for everybody.

“We kept going, we are a relentless team. Burnley made it very uncomfortable for us.”

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