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Gooners trade blows over ‘Wenger out’ banner

WENGER-OUTLONDON, England, January 28- A group of Arsenal fans became embroiled in a fight with their fellow supporters during the FA Cup win at Brighton after unveiling a ‘Wenger out’ banner in the stands.

The ugly scenes were sparked when a clutch of trouble-making Gooners unfurled a sign reading: ‘Arsene, thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye.’

When fellow fans objected to the banner a fight broke out and punches were thrown.

An eye-witness reported that police were forced to intervene and ejected the group who smuggled in the sign.

The remaining Arsenal fans watching the fourth round tie then broke out into a chant of ‘One Arsene Wenger’, in support of their under-pressure manager.

The Gunners went on to clinch the tie 3-2 thanks to a late Theo Walcott winner.

Brighton had twice pegged back the Premier League side, who had taken the lead through Olivier Giroud’s double.

After the match, Wenger said: ‘When he gets in the fighting mode, he [Giroud] is difficult to handle.

‘He could have played 20 years ago in England, 10 years ago and today because he has everything you need to play centre-forward.

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‘Usually we go more for mobile players, but he gives us something different, and I believe with him and Theo we have a good partnership.’


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