It is disheartening to hear about the events that occurred off the pitch during Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against Manchester United.
Despite the disappointing result on the field, the conduct of some Gunners fans in the stands was even more troubling.
Reports of fans fighting each other in the stands, throwing punches, and causing harm to each other are deeply concerning.
Such behavior not only poses a safety risk to those involved but also tarnishes the reputation of the club and the sport.
Football is meant to be a source of enjoyment and unity for fans, and incidents like these go against the spirit of the game.
It is essential for clubs and authorities to take strong measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all supporters attending matches.
Respecting each other’s support and enjoying the game together should be the focus for football fans, and actions like these have no place in the sport.
It is crucial for fans to remember the values of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and respect for others, both on and off the pitch.
Other Arsenal fans around them also began to brawl with each other, making for quite an ugly scene to witness. Whilst all of this was happening, the stadium security was minimal and intervened much later after the damage was essentially done.
By the time the stadium staff eventually arrived at the scene, most of the fighting fans had walked away from the scene.
It is still unclear as to what exactly was the cause of the fight and what started it all, but regardless of the reason, it made for some really shocking scenes and not something you want to see happening at a football match.
Arsenal ‘fans’ beefing each other last night…
What is the actual point? 🤣
— Barstool Football (@StoolFootball) July 23, 2023
All in all, it was certainly an afternoon to forget for anyone of an Arsenal persuasion. Whilst things on the pitch will undoubtedly improve by the start of the season, this brawl between the fans was a particularly low moment.
Not just for the club, but for football as a whole.