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Arsene Wenger vows to help police catch Arsenal fans

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has condemned the disturbances by Gunners' fans following the end of Wednesday night's League Cup victory at Tottenham, and vowed the club will fully cooperate with the authorities to help identify those responsible.

Arsenal fans destroy signage at White Hart Lane. Credit: PA

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini struck a stunning late winner to secure bragging rights in the north London derby.

However, the celebrations were overshadowed by disturbances which saw a minority of the travelling supporters in the corner of the South Stand ripping down hoardings of Tottenham club slogans, with police and stewards forced to intervene.

Arsenal are now working with both Tottenham and the authorities, with banning orders a likely outcome for any offenders.

Wenger was disappointed the incident had taken the shine off what was a positive response to a difficult spell following defeat at Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League and also in a fiery clash at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

He said:

We cooperate completely with the authorities to sort that out. We don't want any violence.

I don't really know what happened but we are the disposal of the authorities to help them to sort it out.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Wenger calls for referee re-think

Arsene Wenger has called on Mike Dean to review Diego Costa's actions in Arsenal's 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as the Football Association awaits the referee's report into a feisty game where the Chelsea striker was the main protagonist.

The match officials should have been aware of Costa's reputation during his first 14 months in the Premier League, says Wenger, but statistics show the striker did not commit a foul in the match.

The Gunners boss rebuked Dean for allowing the running feud between Costa and Gabriel to continue before the Arsenal defender saw red.

Arsene Wenger was not happy. Credit: PA

"(Dean) let it go and I don't know why," Wenger said.

"I would like Mike Dean to look at the whole action that happened during the game and see if he stands for his decision.

"You have a fourth official, you have a linesman, the referee and they talk all game. They can tell you and they know Diego Costa. He is not a newcomer.

"It is surprising. If I am a referee and I referee Diego Costa, I do not send somebody off quickly if he responds to it because you know he has been well provoked."


Cech could be key to beating Chelsea, claims Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech. Credit: PA

Petr Cech could play a key role in helping Arsenal to defeat Chelsea on his return to Stamford Bridge, according to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Saturday's lunchtime kick-off represents a homecoming for Cech, who spent 10 years as Blues' No.1 before being usurped by Thibaut Courtois.

The 33-year-old shone as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley in August, and Wenger is hoping his veteran goalkeeper can show his quality again as the Gunners look to further dent the Premier League champions' title defence.

You know you have to score the perfect goal in front of him.

I just want him to focus on this game and not be influenced by [returning to Stamford Bridge]. You can’t go there and wonder if you’re standing in the right goal or not. It is always difficult to go back to your club and play but fortunately he has handled that this season. That is why I decided to play him in the Community Shield. It is the first step that is important and he has dealt very well with it. For us it’s a big game and we know our position at the end of the season will depend on how well we do in the big games.

I do not think too much about where Chelsea stand in the league at the moment. I focus more on us performing well with full power.

– Arsene Wenger in his Friday press conference
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