Emery calls for respect after fan shoves Smalling

Unai Emery called for Arsenal to keep their composure in the Premier League run-in, after watching them jump to fourth place in the table after a 2-0 home win over Manchester United.

The Spanish manager also spoke of how more ‘respect’ must be given by supporters, after a fan invaded the pitch and confronted United’s Chris Smalling – the same day that Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was assaulted by a fan during the derby match against Birmingham City.

Emery added that he “did not want” to see that behaviour and Arsenal released a statement strongly condemning the supporter at the Emirates. The attack on Smalling occurred after Arsenal had scored their second goal – the defender was unhurt and the individual was arrested and escorted from the field.

“We would like to apologise to Chris and Manchester United, and are pleased that [the spectator] was apprehended and arrested,” read the statement. “We will be working closely with the Metropolitan Police in their investigation.”

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