By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger admits that sitting in the stands throughout his European touchline ban has had its positives.

The Gunners boss serves the second half of his two-match Uefa suspension during Tuesday's Champions League fixture against Olympiacos.

Though lamenting the loss of direct contact with the team, Wenger conceded that watching the match from a crowd perspective is not all bad.

"It is not what I like but, if we win the game, I am ready to suffer," he said.

"The vision is an advantage. You can detect moments of weakness and bad positioning. It is good for working out coordination in your lines - you see better basically.

"But you suffer from being physically separated from your team."

Wenger even said he had considered watching past Arsenal matches from the same position - but backed out on each occasion.

"Many times I promised myself 'this time I will go up', but the closer I get to the game I gave up," he joked.

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28 Sep 2011