By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger does not think Wayne Rooney should be less aggressive but he admits that the England star needs to channel his emotions more wisely.
The Manchester United striker has been banned for two matches after swearing into a pitchside camera when he completed a hat-trick at West Ham last Saturday.
Rooney's behaviour has been a hot topic ever since but, although Wenger believes the Football Association had the right to impose a suspension, he hopes the 25-year-old does not lose the edge in his game.
"I do not want Rooney to lose his aggression because I admire him as a player," said the Frenchman.
"Mentally and physically he is a great player and you do not want him to lose that. He is a top, top level player and you want him to keep that but know when to use it and when not to use it. Players overreact, and on this occasion he did.
"They [the FA] must have had the right to do it [ban him]. Even Manchester United accept it. You expect the players to behave and when they don't do it, and if it is one of your players, you have to accept that you are punished.
"I feel it was more down to aggressive attitude towards the camera than inappropriate language. You could understand that. I feel that Rooney understands that as well. For inappropriate language, we have some job to do in football. I believe what was more shocking was the fact that it was an aggressive attitude in front of the camera.
"But I don't think it [the ban] will unsettle Manchester United at all."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source