Emery apologized for kicking bottle at Brighton fan

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery apologized for kicking a water bottle at a fan during the match against Brighton.

Having opened the score already in the seventh minute of the match against the Seagulls, Arsenal allowed the opponent to equalize the score in the first half. The Gunners didn’t try enough to win, so the final score of 1:1 was really fair.

During the match, feeling frustrated, Emery kicked a bottle of water and it flew right on Brighton’s fan. The 47-year-old Spaniard immediately apologized to the fan and shook hands with him. Unai explained his action shortly after the final whistle.  

That happened after one of the episodes in the last minutes of the match. Emery admitted that he couldn’t cope with emotions and apologized to the fan. The blow wasn’t strong but it was a matter of etiquette.

Unai also said he didn’t regret replacing Mesut Ozil during the break, after the departure of which Arsenal’s game only dimmed. According to the Spaniard, that was a tactical decision that the team needed.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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