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Arsène Wenger accused Joey Barton of pretending to be hurt in order to get Gervinho sent off in Saturday’s bad-tempered 0-0 draw with Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Gervinho, bought for £11 million from Lille this summer, was sent off for slapping Barton after the Newcastle player had dragged him up from the turf by his shirt, furious at what he saw as the Ivorian’s attempt to win a penalty by diving.

“I don’t want to comment too much because it brings no credit to the Premier League but you know as well as I know that he has not been hit hard enough to lie down for two minutes,” he said. Barton was booked for his part in the incident but Wenger felt that if his player had been sent off then referee Peter Walton should have also dismissed Barton. “I think I saw more of it than the referee,” Wenger said. “It is either two reds or two yellows. The referee did not see it. 100 per cent because I saw him. I feel we have been very harshly punished today. We do not provoke we try to play. Maybe sometimes we overreact. If there is one area we need to improve it is that.”

Barton last night admitted he “went down easy” but claimed it was Gervinho who had been guilty of cheating. “I went down easy, no doubt,” Barton said, via Twitter. “I was merely highlighting he struck me.

“What do people want me to do, stand and trade blows with Gervinho? If you raise your hands to players faces, you should be off. My job is to do the best for my team, not to keep Gervinho on the pitch. There’s more to football than kicking a ball.”

“(I) merely called out a fellow professional for blatantly cheating.” Barton also hit out at Alex Song, who escaped punishment for stamping on the Newcastle midfielder earlier in the game. “Imagine if I’d of stamped on Song, all the ****** would be out calling for a public execution. What, because it’s on me, it’s alright?”

Last season Arsenal also had a man sent off at St James’ Park. In a dramatic 4-4 draw, Abou Diaby saw red for pushing over Barton after the Newcastle player had gone in on him with an aggressive challenge.

“There is a link between the two incidents,” Wenger said. “He gets away with it. That’s the link. Last year he got a yellow card, this year he got a yellow card.”

Alan Pardew came out in robust defence of Barton. “What has he done today? Been stamped on and been slapped around the head,” Pardew said. “Gervinho dived, there’s no doubt about that and when you see a fellow professional do that it riles you. Joey tried to express that by chastising him. He has been slapped and that is unacceptable. You’ll get sent off if you do that on Sunday morning and so you will do here too.”

Barton was put up on a free transfer at the beginning of the month after criticism about the club’s transfer policy but Pardew said the player will now stay with the club. “We have reached a good understanding. We spoke on Friday and I wanted to ascertain that he was completely committed to Newcastle. I think he’ll be here.”

Wenger said he had not had a clear view of Song’s stamp, despite it being in front of the dug out but added he thought it could have been accidental.Pardew, however, felt it was sending off offence. “It was clear,” said Pardew

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