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Arsene Wenger: Newcastle's Alan Pardew will 'try to control himself' as he returns from headbutt ban

Updated: Monday, 28 Apr 2014 12:43 | Comments

Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger have had a run-in previously
Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger have had a run-in previously

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said his Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew will behave himself when he returns to the touchline on Monday evening having served a ban.

Arsenal face Newcastle, with Pardew back on the touchline having served a seven-match suspension for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler.

Wenger, who was involved in a heated confrontation with Pardew when the Newcastle boss was at West Ham in November 2006, feels all bosses must keep their emotions in check and backed Pardew to do the same.

"He will try to control himself much more," said Wenger.

"You feel frustrated when you are not close to your team physically because you are used to it and you feel you still have a level of intervention. Maybe it is purely subjective, but it exists in your mind.

"It is a job where you are under huge pressure - at the Emirates [Stadium] we had no incidents because the distance between the two managers is big.

"Sometimes you get upset because you hear what the other manager is saying and you go 'what is he doing, why is he talking to the referee and the fourth official?' At Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, you basically are very close."

"Sometimes you get upset because you hear what the other manager is saying" - Arsene Wenger

Wenger added: "Sometimes I stand up, sometimes I sit down, sometimes I speak with [assistant manager] Steve [Bould], but still most of the time I am up.

"Sometimes I try [to stay away from touchline], yes, consciously, because when you get up there you know you are tensed.

"I try to sit down when I feel I am in a negative mood, because then on the touchline you can become a handicap and you can have a negative influence [on the players], your presence can be negative."

Arsenal would take a huge step towards securing Champions League qualification once more with victory over Newcastle.

The form of Pardew’s side, though, has slumped since he was hit with a record sanction from the Premier League after headbutting Meyler during the 4-1 win at the KC Stadium on 1 March.

Newcastle have suffered five consecutive defeats to slip towards mid-table, which has put scrutiny on the long-term position of Pardew.

By contrast, Wenger has seen his side regain confidence after what was a nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out win in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan.

Since then, the Gunners have won back-to-back Barclays Premier League matches and could move four points clear of Everton in the race to secure Champions League qualification after the Toffees lost at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

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