By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has explained how he will cope with his touchline ban at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening.

The Arsenal manager will be in the stands for the first two Champions League Group F games for breaching a previous suspension by communicating with his bench via a third party in the Play-Off first leg against Udinese at Emirates Stadium.

The Club appealed the decision – which subsequently allowed Wenger to be pitchside for the second leg in Italy – and the manager was unhappy that the punishment stood. However, speaking ahead of the game in Germany, the Frenchman had formed a coping strategy.

“We’ll have our normal preparation, nothing changes on the day of the game,” he said. “We have preparation in the morning and in the afternoon we have team meetings. But when I arrive at the stadium, I cannot go to the dressing room.

“I don’t know if I will have somebody [from UEFA with me],” he joked. “I don’t think I will be man-marked! If you want to respect the rule strictly you should be marked by two men – one on the right and one on the left. Because if one is sitting to my right, I can talk to the guy on my left!

“No, I will send my vibes and hope they will not be detected by UEFA. I’ll give my teamtalk at the hotel before we go to the game.

“After that, I have to leave it to Pat Rice because it’s not allowed. We will go through all the situations before the game and Pat will make the right decisions.

“For once,” he added with a smile, “I will have somebody else to blame!”

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13 Sep 2011