Arsenal celebrations have been dampened after the Gunners got hit with the bad news that they have been charged by the Football Association (FA) over the pitch invasion that occurred during Sunday’s Premier League game against arch-rival Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The incident occurred in the 69th minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over the Red Devils, when a supporter ran on to the field to celebrate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal and shoved United defender Chris Smalling. He then approached Arsenal’s players with his arms aloft before stewards escorted him off the pitch. The man was later arrested.
“Arsenal FC has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E20(a)and (b),” the FA said in a statement. “It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator(s) conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday.”
The FA charge comes after the Gunners claimed a 3-0 win over Stade Rennes on Thursday night to book a place in the quarter-final of the Europa League with a 4-3 aggregate win over the French Ligue 1 side.
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, the Gunners had succeeded to level the tie on aggregate within the opening 15 minutes of the second leg as they were 2-0 up thanks to goals by Aubameyang and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Rennes came close to getting an all-important away goal that would have got them back in front on aggregate and knocked the Gunners out of the competition. Hatem Ben Arfa saw a tame effort dealt with by goalkeeper Petr Cech while M’baye Niang saw another effort crash off the Arsenal post.
Aubameyang would seal victory on the night and qualification into the last eight, though, when he tapped in his second of the game in the 72nd minute. The Gabon international pulled out a Black Panther mask to celebrate his goal, though, he would go on to miss a couple of great chances to get his hat-trick as the game ended 3-0 in favour of the Premier League side.
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