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Arsenal release statement ‘utterly condemning’ Valencia fans

Arsenal have released a statement, condemning the small section of narrow-minded Valencia fans caught racially abusing the home crowd at the Emirates last night.

Arsenal 3-1 Valencia

Unai Emery’s men welcomed La Liga giants Valencia to North London, for the first-leg of the Europa League semi-final tie between the clubs.

The Gunners headed into proceedings desperate to secure a positive result, amid a worrying dip in form domestically.

A run of 3 consecutive Premier League defeats has seen Arsenal drop 2 points adrift of capital rivals Chelsea in the race for the English top-flight’s final top-4 berth, with just 2 fixtures remaining.

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Wilfried Zaha celebrates during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

As such, as things stand, securing Europa League glory appears to be the Gunners’ most-realistic route into next season’s Champions League.

Their semi-final opener, though, could not have gotten off to a much worse start last night.

A dominant opening quarter of an hour on the part of visitors Valencia eventually culminated in Mouctar Diakhaby giving Los Che an early lead.

Arsenal, though, showcased their mettle over the remaining 75 minutes, roaring back to eventually emerge with a crucial 3-1 win.

Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half brace was eventually added to by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in injury-time to seal a memorable European night for Unai Emery’s men.

‘No place in society or football’

An otherwise superb outing for Arsenal, however, was soured somewhat by ongoings in the stands at the Emirates.

In footage which has since garnered widespread attention online, a small group of Valencia supporters were filmed aiming a series of racist gestures towards the home crowd following the full-time whistle:

And Arsenal have this afternoon released a statement, ‘utterly condemning’ the behaviour of the travelling support in North London last night, whilst confirming that the club are working alongside Valencia to ensure ‘effective action can be taken’:

‘We utterly condemn such behaviour. It has no place in society or football. We are working with Valencia on this and continue to encourage fans to report incidents and to provide witness statements so effective action can be taken.’

Quotes via the BBC.

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