By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger insists his touchline ban will not affect Arsenal’s preparation for Tuesday’s Champions League game at Borussia Dortmund.

The manager begins a two-match suspension after being charged by UEFA following the first leg of the Play-Off Round tie against Udinese in August – when he supposedly defied an existing ban. He was given a ‘stay’ for the second leg in Italy but, this time, he will be forced to watch from the stands.

Wenger will have no communication with his players before kick-off upon arriving at the BvB Station and will not be allowed to transmit messages to his bench during the game. The same will apply to the game against Olympiacos at Emirates Stadium on Matchday 2.

“Overall, there is no difference until we arrive at the stadium,” he said. “It’s not ideal in the first game, especially because I don’t understand anymore what the rules are.”

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he went on. “I just did what I was told I could do. I asked before the game what I could do. If I wanted to do something forbidden, I would not have shown it openly. I still don’t understand why I am suspended but [then] I didn’t understand why I was suspended the first time.”

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12 Sep 2011