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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Feb 19, 2014

Szczesny could face action over gesture

Wojciech Szczesny could face disciplinary action from UEFA after appearing to make an offensive gesture following his sending off in Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Wojciech Szczesny fells Arjen Robben, leading to a penalty and a red card for the Arsenal keeper.
Wojciech Szczesny received his marching orders after fouling Arjen Robben in the penalty area.

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Gunners goalkeeper Szczesny was shown a red card after bringing down Arjen Robben in the box to give away a penalty shortly before half-time in the first-leg of the last-16 tie.

However, as he left the field, the 23-year-old Poland international was caught on camera making a hand gesture before heading into the tunnel.

Broadcasters Sky Sports apologised to their viewers for showing the "untoward gesture."

Despite the defeat, Per Mertesacker insisted Arsenal can still qualify for the quarter-finals -- pointing to their 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena last year.

"It's a blow but when you look back at last year -- we lost here 3-1 -- it was a bit worse than now," Mertesacker told Sky Sports.

"We're looking forward to Munich and why can we not repeat that from last year?"

The Germany international centre-back also admitted he and his teammates are in need of a break after a tough run of fixtures.

Their defeat to Bayern came on the back of a 2-1 FA Cup win over Liverpool, following a 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United and a 5-1 defeat at Anfield in the Premier League.

"We've played four tough games in the last two weeks,” he continued. “Munich are a fantastic team, they play with possession very well.

"We tried everything today, especially in the first 10 minutes but overall we have to take the defeat with us to Munich. Mentally we are stronger than last year."

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