By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has likened the Uefa charge against Eduardo to a ‘witch-hunt' and says it will be hard to prove.

On Friday lunchtime, the Arsenal striker was hit with a sanction for "intent to cause a match official to make an incorrect decision" during the game against Celtic in midweek.

Later that day, his manager defended his player robustly and suggested the charge may not stick.

"For me it's a witch-hunt that we see and not an objective judgement of a case," he said.

"Eduardo has been touched by the goalkeeper and we can prove that. I'm the first to say that, at first, it doesn't look like a penalty but it's another thing to say that he went down with intent. I wish you good luck to prove that having seen the pictures again.

"To single out a player who is coming back from injury like he had, when he was hit in the way he was, for going down... well I don't blame him. When you saw his leg after that tackle I don't blame him for getting out of the way of the goalkeeper."

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28 Aug 2009