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Arsenal investigate after fans throws red wine at Manchester United bench

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Most Arsenal fans did not react too kindly to their team's farcical 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, but one in particular saw himself removed from the stands by stewards after he threw red win at the visitors dugout.

According to The Times, midfielder Darren Fletcher was angered when he and some of the Old Trafford staff were doused in the drink following the calamitous own goal by Kieran Gibbs to open the scoring, leading to angry exchanges with fans

The report claims that the fan was identified using CCTV and was ejected by stewards before being arrested. Club policy at Arsenal is to treat any instances of anti-social behaviour with strict punishments and have vowed to ban anyone found guilty.

Frustration was understandable on Saturday evening as Arsene Wenger saw his side throw away another game the thad dominated and fall to their third defeat of the Premier League season following the own goal and a breakaway Wayne Rooney strike with five minutes remaining.

Olivier Giroud halved the deficit during injury time with a fine strike on his return from injury, but it was not enough to inspire a comeback and Louis van Gaal's team held on for what looked an unlikely win for most of the match.

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Many fans of rival sides will find the fact that the offending drink was entirely typical of a club that have long been associated with having a more genteel fan base than is usually thought of at a football club.

"On our bench we were getting terrible abuse from people two or three feet away from us"

Emirates Stadium is situated in North London's largely affluent borough of Islington and the club has long been labelled with having a less than raucous atmosphere, with some believing the ticket prices and a more middle class clientele being behind it. 'Highbury the Library' was a popular critique from rivals fans of the club's former ground.

Manchester United were reportedly considering making a formal complaint regarding the incident, but the speed at which Gunners officials have acted may lead them to allow the matter to be dealt with by the North Londoners.

Previous Complaints

However, it is not the first time that United have complained about the proximity of fans to the away dugout and the level of protection offered at Emirates Stadium. Sir Alex Ferguson commented on the issue following a 2-2 draw in 2007.

“On our bench we were getting terrible abuse from people two or three feet away from us. There is a lack of security here. It is absolutely disgraceful the abuse you and your staff take. There is an absolute danger here," he said.

It was a night to forget for Wenger and the fan responsible for wine hurling was not the only person in attendance to express their anger at what is becoming farcically familiar for his team.

Opportunities Squandered

Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck missed two golden chances in the first half, while David de Gea had little in the way of word class saves to make, as most attempts were directed straight at him. The Gunners could conceivably been three goals up when they went behind in the 55th minute.

Marouane Fellaini was very marginally offside at the moment Ashley Young's cross came in and he should have been penalised for a clear push on Gibbs, which caused a collision between the defender and Wojciech Szczesny.

Antonio Valencia followed up with a first-time shot that was going wide, but Gibbs was unable to recover in time and his attempted block only served to direct the shot into the corner. At that point Manchester United were 1-0 up without having a single shot on target.

Gunners Failing to Fire

This is Arsenal's worst start to a season in over three decades and calls for Wenger to leave were heard loud and clear following the match. Despite this, there were some positives to be taken from the performance the Gunners put in, which saw them dominate for the majority of the game.

Some better finishing would probably seen them win comfortably, but as it stands they lost the match, Wilshere and Szczesny to injury and take a savage blow to their confidence ahead of the visit of Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

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