Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted he was unfazed by an incident which saw one of the club’s fans arrested for confronting him during their 2-0 defeat to Southampton.
With roughly 10 minutes left to play at St Mary’s, a 25-year-old man was stopped by security after walking to the dugout, and was later detained by Hampshire Police.
The supporter was understood to have gestured insultingly at the Gunners boss and his assistant, Steve Bould, as well as reportedly aiming verbal insults.
Wenger, however, claimed that the fan was not behaving violently and doubted that it was one of his own travelling supporters registering their displeasure – doubts which were subsequently rejected by the home team.
“There was a young boy, yes,” he told reporters after the game. “I think he was a Southampton fan. He was not aggressive at all. I don’t think he said anything.”
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman claimed not to have seen the incident.
With Arsenal struggling in the battle for Champions League qualification this season, a situation not helped by the Saints’ victory on Thursday, and their title challenge already all but over, Wenger has already been the subject of abuse from the Gunners faithful.
In December, he was greeted with foul-mouthed shouting when boarding a train from Stoke after his side suffered a 3-2 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.