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Arsenal boss Wenger slams Uefa

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Robin van Persie (L) of Arsenal reacts to referee Massimo Busacca after showing his a red card during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Robin van Persie (L) of Arsenal reacts to referee Massimo Busacca after receiving a red card during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal leave the field at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal leaves the field at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona is challenged by Samir Nasri of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi (R) of Barcelona celebrates scoring his sides opening goal with his teammate Andres Iniesta during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona shoots past Bacary Sagna of Arsenal to score during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: David Villa of FC Barcelona (L) fights for the ball against Bacary Sagna of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi (L) of Barcelona duels for the ball with Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (L) of Arsenal fails to stop Lionel Messi of Barcelona from scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas talks with Eric Abidal of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi of Barcelona reacts after scoring his sides opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (R) scores his first team's side goal under a chanllenge by Johan Djourou of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Josep Guardiola the Barcelona coach celebrates as Arsene Wenger the Arsenal coach looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Wojciech Szczesny the Arsenal goalkeeper leaves the field during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas steps in between Sergio Busquets of Barcelona and team-mate Robin van Persie during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Josep Guardiola the Barcelona coach during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Head coach Arsene Wenger of Arsenal sits on his knees on the pitch as he reacts to his players during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Robin van Persie of Arsenal receives a red card from referee Massimo Busacca during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Head coach Arsene Wenger of Arsenal reacts backdropped by head coach Josep Guardiola of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Head coach Josep Guardiola (R) of Barcelona reacts besides head coach Arsene Wenger of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Head coach Arsene Wenger of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona celebrates with team-mates David Villa and Andres Iniesta during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona shoots past Bacary Sagna of Arsenal to score during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (C) scores his second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 3-1. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Jack Wilshere and Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal leave the field at the end of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Robin van Persie of Arsenal receives a red card from referee Massimo Busacca during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona celebrates with team-mates David Villa and Andres Iniesta during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Nou Camp Stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Camp Nou stadium on March 8, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger yesterday labelled Uefa arrogant and a “dictatorship” as the fallout from Arsenal's Champions League defeat to Barcelona continued.

The Gunners manager and midfielder Samir Nasri have been charged for “inappropriate language” towards Swiss referee Massimo Busacca after the final whistle at the Nou Camp, where Arsenal lost 3-1 after having striker Robin van Persie controversially sent off.

Wenger said: “Who has been punished is Arsenal football club. We are out of the Champions League, we have lost one of our big ambitions, we have been punished with a lot of damages and on top of that, we have to say sorry to Uefa.

“When you have a football game of that stature, you cannot come out with decisions like that and show a lot of arrogance on top of that.

“We can all understand that we can make wrong decisions, but after that it becomes dictatorship. Its not any more common sense.”

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