The Arsenal fan who attacked Arsene Wenger at St Mary’s Stadium on New Years Day has been given a three-year ban and fined £500, The Evening Standard reports.
The man, who has since been named as Luke Bryant, somehow got to Wenger’s dugout unopposed. We were losing 2-0 at the time, and Bryant exchanged some harsh words with the Arsenal bench.
At the time, Wenger was unaware of the 25-year-old’s presence, but insisted that he wasn’t abusive. The boss didn’t even realise that he was an Arsenal fan, such was his concentration on the game.
“It was a young boy,” Wenger said after the incident (via BBC Sport).
“I think it was a Southampton fan. He was not aggressive at all. I don’t think he said anything.”
The incident came during a dark time at the club, and came weeks after Wenger was disgustingly abused at a tube station in Stoke following our annual defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
Since the defeat to Southampton, we’ve won 11 out of our last 12 league games – 15 out of 17 in all competitions. Currently positioned second in the league with another FA Cup final looming, the mood has definitely changed around the club.