Aaron Ramsdale appeared to be kicked by a Tottenham Hotspur supporter following Arsenal’s 2-0 north London derby victory on Sunday.
Ramsdale, who was involved in an incident with Spurs striker Richarlison moments earlier was collecting his goalkeeper gloves from behind the goal after the final whistle when a fan appeared to kick out at him.
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A melee ensued with several players from both teams joining in, but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta quickly ushered his players away, including Ramsdale, to celebrate in front of their own fans.
“The Spurs fans gave me some throughout the game”, Ramsdale said postmatch. “I was giving some back. The people I did give it to greeted it in sportsmanlike terms but one fan tried to give me a little punch on the back.
“It is a shame as it is just a game of football at the end of the day. Both sets of players tried to bring me away but thankfully nothing too drastic happened. It is a sour taste but I’m sure we will enjoy it when we go back into the dressing room.”
It came after Premier League leaders Arsenal put on a masterclass to overwhelm Tottenham and extend the gap at the top to eight points.
Ramsdale had been a key figure in the victory, denying Harry Kane on several occasions.
The win puts Arsenal on 47 points from 18 games ahead of Manchester City on 39, with Newcastle United, who have played a game more, and Manchester United a further point back.