Arsene Wenger faces touchline ban

Arsene Wenger’s appeal to Uefa over a two match touchline ban has been denied, meaning the French manager will have to watch his side’s first two Champions League group games from the stands.

Wenger was initially given a one-match suspension after  his criticism of Swiss referee Massimo Busacca following the London side’s defeat against Barcelona last season, and served this against Udinese in the qualifying round.

The Gunners’ coach however was adjudged to have broken the sanctions by communicating with his bench, and Uefa have now maintained that a further two match ban must be adhered to.

This means that Wenger will not be on the bench for the Premier League club’s trip to take on Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park next Tuesday, or the home fixture against Olympiakos on September 28th.

Despite the slow start to Arsenal’s season, and the latest piece of bad news, one person is still backing the London side’s man in charge.

Cesc Fabregas has revealed his respect for Wenger, and has thanked him for everything he has done to further his career.

“Without him I would not have made my debut by 16, played in the final of the Champions League at 18 and been team captain by 20,” the Spain international told El Pais.

“Without him I would not be a Barca player now, he convinced the owners of Arsenal, who would not sell under any circumstances, to lower the price.”