As if the New Year’s Day defeat against Southampton wasn’t bad enough for Arsenal, the fact that manager Arsene Wenger was confronted pitchside by an angered fan will add to the Gunners’ woes, in what was a miserable start to 2015.
In a bizarre event, the supporter appeared to hold out his arms in an effort to taunt Wenger and his staff during the closing minutes of the clash against Southampton, after managing to find his way to the front of the away dugout.
The man was quickly apprehended and escorted away by Hampshire police, but the outburst is another display of discontent towards Arsenal’s struggles this season, following up the dismay that was vented after the defeat at Stoke City last month, where Wenger was abused by Arsenal fans at Stoke-on-Trent station.
Wenger and his staff initially believed the man was a taunting Southampton fan, it has since been confirmed that it was indeed an Arsenal supporter who was causing Wenger, assistant Steve Bould and physio Colin Lewin such grief.
Hampshire Police and Southampton FC are now studying CCTV footage in an attempt to work out how the man managed to get to the away dugout.
Wenger played down the incident, remarking: “It was a young boy. I think he was a Southampton fan. He was not aggressive at all. I don’t think he said anything. Honestly, he was not aggressive.”
Regardless this is another example of discontent and unrest within the ranks of Arsenal supporters, and although it may only be the minority it shows the pressure that Wenger is under to deliver results. New Years Day was a dismal start to 2015, let’s just hope that the next 364 days are better.