Wenger confirms referee apology

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he did receive an apology following his sending off in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman was sent to the stands after fourth official Lee Probert summoned referee Mike Dean to reprimand the Gunners' boss for kicking a water bottle along the touchline after Arsenal were denied a last-gasp leveller.

However, the decision only led to a ridiculous set of events with Wenger unsure of where to go, briefly standing atop a platform with his arms outstretched asking the referee what to do.

Chief executive of the League Managers' Association, Richard Bevan later revealed that he had contacted referees' chief Keith Hackett and that Wenger would be receiving an apology.

And Wenger has confirmed that he did receive it.

“He apologised for what happened,” he said.

“There was no bad intention behind that [kicking the bottle]. It was frustration that the goal had been cancelled.

“We fought so hard in the game and for us to go home without any points was hard to take.”