Thierry Henry Clashes With Teenage Fan

Things get heated on the pitch (and on Twitter) after Arsenal are defeated by Swansea.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

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After Henry's almost cinematic return to Arsenal last week in their 1-0 victory against Leeds, it seems that the honeymoon period is now over and Gunners fans are yet again left to argue among each other over their dwindling team.

This is their third loss in their past four away games, with 63rd minute substitute Henry not even able to prevent his team from conceding a thrilling 3-2 defeat at the hands of an impressive Swansea. Following the hard-fought battle Henry encouraged his teammates to take to the stands to give their shirts to fans, an act which didn't go down well with one young individual, who questioned Henry and his colleagues' loyalty to the team. Henry told the fan that he should "support his team, no matter what" before making yapping gestures with his hand.

Arsenal supporters' frustrations didn't solely lie with Henry though, as the myriad fans took to Twitter following a shaky early penalty decision given against the Gunners due to Aaron Ramsey's seemingly innocent challenge on Nathan Dyer. Although it seemed to be Dyer who had ran into Ramsey, the decision and subsequent goal was enough to provoke fans to tweet insults and death threats to the midfielder, including this vicious series of tweets from the ironically named '@Arsenalwinner', a now-defunct account that was subsequently reported to the metropolitan police:



Arsene Wenger was also predictably not in high spirits, refusing to answer more than 3 questions in the post-match interview (2 of which he answered whilst walking towards the exit), but he still made clear that he felt the penalty decision was a wrong one.

"The game was difficult as Swansea played well, but the game was decided by some strange decisions" said the Arsenal boss. "The first by the referee was the penalty which was a complete imagination and it was a good dive by the player. From then on there were other turning points like when we got back to 2-2 and made a defensive mistake, we showed a lack of appreciation for the ball and the defensive performance was not good enough.

"At 2-2 I thought we had a good chance to win as we looked dangerous and the keeper did well to keep them in the game and made some great saves, and we missed some unbelievable chances."

Their defeat at Swansea leaves them four points away from the League's top four, with leaders Manchester City now a clear 12 points ahead of them and their next opponents, old rivals Manchester United, also 12 points in the lead.

They'll face Man U on 22nd January, with Wenger no doubt hoping that a victory against the Reds will bolster the chances of a mid-season comeback in their ailing Premier League campaign.

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