Southampton: Police have charged a man, who allegedly confronted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as his side crashed to a 0-2 defeat at Southampton on Thursday.
A disappointed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger covers his face while Southampton manager Ronald Koeman (right) looks on during an English Premier League match between their two teams at Southampton on Thursday. Arsenal lost 0-2. Pic/AFP.
The win saw Southampton pull three points clear of Arsenal in the race for a top-four finish. Luke Bryant (25) from Lymington, Hampshire, was arrested and later charged with going on to an area adjacent to the playing area contrary to the Football (Offences) Act 1991.
He will appear at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on January 22. The incident happened at the end of the match at St Mary’s when a fan was seen running with his arms outstretched in front of the Gunners’ boss as he sat in the dug-out.
Wenger and his assistant Steve Bould gestured for the man, who was wearing jeans and a purple hooded top, to move away before he was eventually led off by stadium stewards.
“It was a young boy, yes. I think he was a Southampton fan,” Wenger told his post-match press conference. “He was not aggressive at all. I don’t think he said anything. Honestly, he was not aggressive.”
Southampton said that the man was an Arsenal fan, who had been sitting with the home supporters.