Arsene Wenger has condemned the Arsenal fans, who clashed with stewards and ripped down hoardings at the end of Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup victory at Tottenham.
Midfielder Mathieu Flamini scored twice, including a stunning late winner to secure bragging rights in the north London derby, but the celebrations were overshadowed by disturbances which saw a minority of the 3,000 travelling supporters in the corner of the South Stand ripping down Tottenham club slogans.
Police and stewards were forced to intervene and Arsenal are now working with both Tottenham and the authorities, with banning orders a likely outcome for any offenders – a move which Wenger applauded.
“We cooperate completely with the authorities to sort that out. We don’t want any violence,” said Wenger, who takes his side to Leicester on Saturday.
“I don’t really know what happened but we are the disposal of the authorities to help them to sort it out.”
Wenger feels the performance at White Hart Lane showed his squad, which saw several players rotated, have the needed character to get their campaign back on track.
He said: “It shows that we have a big squad at a very strong level and I have always considered that because I have confidence in every single player.
“The team who played at Tottenham basically played at Zagreb the week before. That shows I have great confidence in my players.”