Wenger to appeal red card
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal will appeal against Dennis Bergkamp's sending off against Sheff Utd.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the club will appeal against Dennis Bergkamp's sending off against Sheffield United.
The Dutch maestro saw red after a confrontation with Danny Cullip during the 1-1 draw in the FA Cup fifth round at Highbury.
However, television replays showed little contact from Bergkamp, with team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes seemingly the guilty party.
While Wenger will appeal against Bergkamp's dismissal, he may be helpless to prevent Reyes getting a ban with The Football Association likely to look at TV evidence - which could see the Spaniard pick up a three-match ban.
"We will appeal against the sending off," said Wenger.
"We will appeal on the grounds that he didn't hit him, he pushed him. But I must say I was shocked by what I saw against Fabregas.
"Their number 32 hit him on the head. The intention was there although he didn't hit him hard.
"But I don't like to see that. He hit him on purpose. We will accept everything The FA does.
"We have no other choice but we do not want to lose Reyes.
"Reyes may be a yellow card but I don't see why one case should be linked with the other. The FA look at the whole game anyway."
On the performance Wenger was pleased with the way his side reacted to being with ten men in the second period.
"I feel we had to face a situation that was difficult in the second half but I am quite happy because the boys responded very well," he said.
"The second half was all us and we had three good chances to score a second goal. In the end we got caught.
"We were guilty on that because we had a free kick just before they scored, played it short and lost the ball through lack of experience.
"But overall the performance was very good with 10 against 11.
"I feel with 11 against 11 we would have got through quite comfortably in the second half. It is a good learning process for the young players.
"They have shown great technical qualities and mental strength.
"We are very young and we lost Dennis who can calm things down. Suddenly you are exposed and when you look around the team, there is only Freddie Ljungberg who is experienced. All the rest were between 17 and 21 more or less.
"At half time we calmed down and came out and tried to play football. In my opinion we did very well and the young lads can be very proud of their performances."