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Wenger Losing His Cool

Throughout the years, he's been one of the Premiership's coolest customers, but this year-this week, even-Arsene Wenger's been slapped with a hefty dose of reprisal. On Monday, the English Football Association charged the Arsenal boss with improper conduct for his behavior on Saturday just four days after he was forced to pay $20,000 for a touchline bust-up in October against former West Ham manager Alan Pardew. On Saturday, Wenger was actually sent off at halftime against Portsmouth for the harsh words he directed at referee Steve Bennett after his team went down, 1-0, just before the break. Things then got worse for the Gunners as Matthew Taylor volleyed home from 18 yards after a few botched clearances from goalmouth scramble fell to his feet. An inspired performance from substitute Emmanuel Adebayor helped the Gunners back into the match; the Togo international scored one and set up another in a two-minute span to help Arsenal earn a 2-2 tie and salvage a point, preserving their unbeaten record at home. Wenger was sent off for the manner in which he expressed disbelief at a free kick being awarded to Portsmouth just before halftime when he felt it should have gone the other way. That decision ultimately led to Porstmouth's first goal-an open header for Noe Pamarot after Taylor's free kick rebounded of the crossbar. Said Wenger: "I arrived [at Arsenal] 10 years ago and, believe me, I have seen 10 times worse than what happened on Saturday." He conceded that the incident with Pardew a few months ago was a "special" incident, but "what happened on Saturday was different. I didn't lose my cool." Wenger likely faces another fine.

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