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Tottenham vs Arsenal clash marred by crowd trouble

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Arsenal may have progressed to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, but their victory has been overshadowed by crowd trouble before and after the match.

Even an hour before kick-off, several fights broke out along Tottenham High Road, with one altercation seeing a group of Arsenal supporters throwing a metal crate in the direction of Spurs fans.

A handful of visiting supporters were also heard to chant songs referencing Auschwitz, and making hissing noises resembling gas chambers. Despite the heavy police escort taking them to the ground, nothing appeared to be done.

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Post-match, Gunners fans were kept behind in the stadium, but a handful of fans were caught on camera pulling down a piece of the White Hart Lane display.

Home fans then clashed with police outside, with a group of Spurs fans seemingly waiting for their rivals in the side streets.

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A number of Arsenal fans took to social media to criticise the operation, particularly as they were led past a major flashpoint by Seven Sisters and a number of pubs still serving alcohol to Spurs fans.

Arrests made

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed ten arrests were made in the wake of the trouble, but in reality it was sufficiently widespread to raise alarming questions about fans’ behaviour, especially surrounding what was a less than crucial match for either side.

The FA has said it will be left to the Metropolitan Police to deal with the matter while Arsenal have launched their own investigation into the banner incident.

On the pitch, Mathieu Flamini hit a superb volley to clinch the tie for the Gunners, after Callum Chambers’ own goal had cancelled out the Frenchman’s opener.

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