The Football Association are looking into the unsavoury scenes witnessed on the terraces of Turf Moor in the aftermath of Arsenal’s win over hosts Burnley as both sets of fans clashed
The rival fans were housed in the Cricket Field Stand and threw plastic drinks bottles and other items at each other for several minutes after the final whistle.
The violence started when the Arsenal players came over to the travelling Gunners fans to thank them for their support. It is believed the home supporters began throwing items over the barrier separating the two sets of fans.
The stewards struggled to regain control and fans were told repeatedly over the public address to leave the stadium.
The FA are aware of the trouble and they will be looking into it. The fans dispersed after five or 10 minutes and it is understood no-one was hurt.
The away fans were in high sprits after Martin Odegaard’s 30th minute free-kick was enough to separate the two sides, securing Arsenal’s first away win of the season at the third time of trying.
Meanwhile for Burnley, Saturday’s defeat marked their 13th consecutive home loss while also continuing their miserable run against the Gunners – having failed to beat them in ten attempts at home.
The latter stages of the contest provided drama, with Ben White coming dangerously close to costing Arsenal all three points after his under-hit back-pass was intercepted by Clarets forward Matej Vydra.
Aaron Ramsdale’s initial tackle was deemed a foul by referee Anthony Taylor, who pointed to the spot – before VAR intervened and corrected the call after replays showed Ramsdale won the ball.
White used his post-match media duties to bemoan the quality of the Turf Moor pitch, blaming it for the penalty near-miss.
“It was a tough one…my heart skipped for a second, it was really really dry out there today, the pass back didn’t get there at all and luckily Aaron was there to save me.”
“We knew it was going to be a tough game before we came here, coming here is so hard and the two big boys they’ve got up top are really difficult to handle.
“A clean sheet is really important, if you get that you’ve got a good chance of winning, you know we’ve got the quality up front so keeping the clean sheet we were always going to win the game.”
The result lifted Arsenal from 16th to 13th, with the shadow of Sunday’s north London derby against fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur looming large.
Mirror Sport have approached both clubs for comment.