By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has explained why Cesc Fabregas felt it necessary to apologise to Stephen Ward on Wednesday night.
The Arsenal captain was booked for a late sliding challenge on the Wolves defender in stoppage time - a tackle that forced Ward out of the game. Some observers, including Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen, suggested that Fabregas should have been sent off but Wenger believes a yellow card was sufficient punishment.
Fabregas sought out Ward after the match to apologise for the incident and Wenger was pressed on that particular issue at his pre-match press conference. After all, why should his skipper say sorry if his offence only merited a yellow card?
"Yes but when I said 'apologise', it was not exactly the right word," replied Wenger.
"He went to the dressing-room to say sorry that I injured you. You play in the park tomorrow, you want to go for the ball, you’re late, you hit the guy, he goes down, you say sorry I didn’t want to hurt you.
"My thought [on the tackle] was that Cesc did not deserve to be sent off and the yellow card was the right decision.
“For example, the Cesc tackle, it was in my opinion a guy who goes for the ball and was too late. Is it a red or yellow card? In my opinion, it was a yellow card because the intention was to go for the ball, the foot was not too high. After some people say it was a red card, I respect that but [I do not agree]."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