Arsene Wenger gets 3-match ban

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Arsenal Football Club Manager, Arsene Wenger, yesterday in a post-match interview, said he would have probably committed suicide after his side's first game of the New Year against Chelsea nearly ended in defeat. The manager will miss Arsenal's FA Cup third round clash with Nottingham Forest, the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and next weekend's Premier League game against Bournemouth, but will be back in the dugout for the visit of Crystal Palace to the Emirates on January 20th. Dean awarded an 89th-minute penalty after Kieran Gibbs kicked the ball into the arm of Calum Chambers from a yard away.

"It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials' changing room after the West Brom game on Sunday was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee".

The FA have asked him to explain comments made both pre and post-match.

"I knew before the game that the last 20 minutes could be hard for us because we have a big disadvantage with the schedule", Wenger said, referencing having to play on Sunday while Chelsea enjoyed a further day's rest. Wenger exchanged frank words with referee Mike Dean after the match, an argument that continued into the referees' changing room.

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The Frenchman was on Friday handed a three-match touchline ban and a fine of 40,000 pounds.

"I maintain what I said in the press conference - 100 per cent", Wenger said.

"I have nothing to change in that".

"I am 35 years in football", he said. I believe I've had more influence on that and a positive one too.

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