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Football: Wenger: Hats off to Euro refs.


TURIN'S Stadio delle Alpi on Wednesday will provide the acid test.

But Arsene Wenger is well aware that so far in their Champions League campaign his blossoming Arsenal team have enjoyed more protection from referees than they get in the Premiership.

The Arsenal manager said: "We have been kicked off the park in some Premiership games. We could not respond with our game because we didn't have the maturity or experience to handle it.

"The players had never faced what they had to face against Newcastle where, had it been a Champions League game, they'd have had five players sent off. It's all to do with better protection from referees in Europe.

"This time it will be a different kind of test against Juventus. I will tell my players that they must keep their composure. No matter how much provocation you get, you can only win by focusing on playing good football."

Wenger revealed Arsenal are now using a psychologist to help their players. He insists it has nothing to do with Sol Campbell's well-documented off-field problems.

He said: "He is English and he has worked with one or two young players. The experienced players like Thierry Henry or Sol Campbell do not need it."


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2006
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