Wenger reveals nearly dropping striker from squad
Fear over a traumatic response from Eduardo following the prolonged incident against Celtic almost caused Arsene Wenger to omit the forward from Saturday’s squad.
The Croatian has grabbed the headlines since earning and converting a very controversial penalty against Celtic on Wednesday.
There seemed to be just an inch of contact between Eduardo and goalkeeper Artur Boruc, but the 26-year-old’s fall was immediately adjudged to be a dive.
UEFA failed to give Eduardo the benefit of the doubt and charged him with “intent to cause an official to make an incorrect decision” on Friday.
That may be very harsh on an often well-behaved Eduardo who was subject to a potentially career-ending tackle just over a year ago and has seen his football colleagues make “diving” a habit.
Arguably one of the game’s most professional personalities, Eduardo will find this allegation hard to accept and so does Wenger who has revealed he nearly decided to give the Croatian a time out on Saturday.
“It crosses your mind,” said Wenger.
“I don’t know, I just imagine him walking out at Old Trafford and the first tackle him going down. There can be some restrictions there [in his mind].”