Hill-Wood tells Wenger to cool it

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Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has told manager Arsene Wenger to end his row with UEFA following the controversial Champions League exit to Barcelona.

Wenger and Samir Nasri have both been charged by UEFA following their protests to referee Massimo Busacca after he sent off Robin van Persie in the match, and Wenger continued the spat when he branded Europe's governing body "arrogant dictators" in his press conference this week.

But Hill-Wood now wants the matter ended, and told the Daily Star: "Emotions were running very high. It is understandable, but I don't think you achieve a great deal by dealing with things in this way, rather than in a more private way."

He added: "They (UEFA) are difficult people to deal with - they don't listen to you and they never have done.

"Maybe one day they might - but I am not going to hold my breath.

"I don't believe in criticising referees myself because I don't think you achieve much.

"But managers take a different view - not only our own, but also others, including one we all know about right now. I think Arsene is very upset."

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