Tuesday August 23 2011
Wenger allowed on Friuli bench

Arsene Wenger will be on the bench for Arsenal's Champions League play-off with Udinese after UEFA froze the ban.

The manager had been given a two-match ban after breaking the suspension in the first leg by communicating with his assistant manager and Arsenal fined €10,000.

However, this evening UEFA agreed to freeze the ban until a proper appeal can be heard.

This means Wenger will be on the bench for Wednesday night's second leg at the Stadio Friuli, where his team defends a 1-0 first leg result.

Meanwhile, Samir Nasri is out of the game after the Gunners agreed to sell the midfielder to Manchester City for €24m.

“You cannot think about only one game in the season, and there was some logic in the decision and also some business interest,” Wenger told Sky Sports News.

“Overall, you want players who are not playing thinking that they are leaving the next morning - it's not ideal.

“So you want players who are completely committed to the long term to defend our chances.”

Robin Van Persie will be available after missing the first leg due to a ban.