The new Arsenal v Tottenham Water-gate scandal – Whodunnit? (plus video)

After the banana-gate incident involving Aubameyang at the last Arsenal v Tottenham game, when the perpetrator wasgiven a 500 Pound fine and banned for four years, we have yet another search for the Arsenal fan that threw a plastic water bottle (from a long distance I might add) and managed to hit Dele Alli on the head.

You can watch it here…..

But obviously this is not cricket, and both clubs are trying to find out who was responsible, and the Gunners have announced that they are helping the police with their inquiries and issued an apology to Alli. They reported on

We have all been embarrassed by the individual who threw a bottle at Dele Alli during Wednesday night’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium and after analysing CCTV footage, which showed him leaving the stadium after throwing the bottle, we have identified an image of the suspect. We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and investigations continue in order to apprehend the culprit.

We are not responsible for the actions of one individual, but send our apologies to Dele Alli and everyone at Tottenham Hotspur for this incident.

We do not tolerate any anti-social, discriminatory or violent behaviour at Arsenal Football Club. Anyone identified will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings.

I am personally not going to comment on this incident (although I am sure Dan Smith will) but I will throw this open for comments from our readers. Keep it clean!




  1. jon fox says:

    Fortunately , there will be universal condemnation of the low IQ person who threw this bottle. These last two/ three weeks will hopefully, prove a turning point in attitudes of what we refuse to tolerate concerning Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal “fans”. Can you imagine even for a moment what sort of life these inadequate, low intelligence and deeply damaged people who do and say these things must lead! I ask this only in a rhetorical sense, as each of us must be fully responsible for our own misdeeds. I really hope that this last short period of outing the braindead on our terraces becomes a turning point. All who fully condemn and explain why, are helping our common human race to evolve a little quicker than it has so far. Clearly SOME people have still to evolve beyond a caveman mentality. Be thankful you are not among them. THEY ARE DEEPLY DAMAGED BEINGS.

    1. Dan says:

      Totally agree with Jon. Making light of embarrassing behaviour like this does your article no credit. I am starting to worry that we are returning to the bad old days of the 70’s, where more overt racism was a part of football crowd as a matter of course.
      As a Spurs fan from the South West I have many friends who are Arsenal fans and totally condemn the mindless racist actions of one of our fans recently at the Emirates, as should all real fans.

  2. Sue says:

    Someone on Twitter said that was our only shot on target!!
    There was also a film doing the rounds of Arsenal fans hissing, spitting & hand gesturing about gas masks…. on top of the bottles being thrown & the banana, jeez it’s getting out of hand. I’ll be honest I can’t stand Dele Alli (& the spuds) but you just don’t do things like that… I don’t know what gets into some people!

  3. Innit says:

    We should throw the book at these idiots: literally as well as figuratively

    These are not true football fans let alone club fans.


  4. Innit says:

    BTW- 4 year ban for the banana thrower was not enough

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      It’s Dele Alli though. I am almost tempted to let this guy off, and to it your target from that distance was pretty impressive. Haha!

      Obviously he should get punished, and it’ll be interesting to see the severity of the punishment in comparison to the banana man who got a 4yr ban. Because physical violence is far worse than racism, especially when it’s to your head (because you can’t mend that).

      1. Sue says:

        That other fan of ours who threw the bottle in Dier’s direction.. got a 3 year ban…. So this one should get a lifetime ban??

      2. jon fox says:

        Third Man JW, I had previously thought that you were far too mature and decent a man than to write this shameful first paragraph. I can only condemn your flippant attitude to such a serious subject that has shamed our club and great supporters, by association . You would be well advised to have a serious think about your life values. That you take this so lightly speaks ill of you as a human being.

  5. Sue says:

    I saw an article saying they reckon it was a child who threw the bottle!

    1. ken1945 says:

      Sue, it was obviously a CHILD who threw the bottle, because anyone with an adult brain wouldn’t contemplate doing something as childish and moronic as this.
      I know some of the comments below are tongue in cheek, but if we treat this as a bit of fun, when DO we start condeminng acts like this in a serious way?
      spuds now have the moral high ground, especially after the reaction from gooners over the Aba incident and they are quite correct in making a big issue of this.
      Just imagine the reaction on here if it had happened to Torreria, would TH14 be joking about using a bigger bottle (shame on you TH14, especially following your morality discussion with Durand)?
      I really hope that The Arsenal give this moron the highest possible punishment, a lifetime ban from all of our games home and away.
      On top of that he/she should be prosecuted for ABH and if anyone thinks i am overreacting, imagine that bottle hitting you, your partner,your child or your parent.

      Regarding the gas masks etc:
      I have visited Auschwitz to pay my respect for the millions of people murdered by an evil regime and ANYONE who thinks this is a subject of fun, needs to visit it themselves, take in the horror of what occured and then pay homage to butchered fellow human beings.

      1. jon fox says:

        Ken, Some of the remarks on this thread are from people who I fervently hope I never have to meet in the flesh. I would be physically sick. I heartily concur with ALL you say!

        1. ken1945 says:

          Jon, I am really upset about the incident itself and the way admin have deemed it to be a “fun headline”.
          My commments with Declan below show how upset I am and, at this moment in time, I have to say I feel rather sick about being part of a fanbase that sees the whole episode as a bit of fun.

          1. jon fox says:

            Ken, I suspect the truth is that when you and I were young children, we and most of our generation of children were properly taught what is right , what is wrong and what one should NEVER make fun of. Sadly, SOME of todays younger people have not been so well and properly taught. I am totally with you at your despair about these folk on here. Frankly, like you, I am ashamed to be associated, even by fellow support of our great club, with SOME of them. It is only a very few but even a very few can tarnish something wholesome and precious, like Arsenal. To try making lame and sick “jokes” about such an important subject says far more about them personally than they realise. We who are older know this truth and their comments are such a giveaway. Shame on them!

          2. Admin says:

            Ken, In my opinion you should not throw missiles at any player during a game, but an empty plastic bottle has never killed anyone as far as i know…

          3. ken1945 says:

            Admin, does being empty lessen the mindless behaviour?
            Did the person who threw it know that it would hit Alli on the back of the head?
            Did he/she know that it could have hit him in the eye?
            Did he/she know exactly where the bottle was going to land?

            Throwing a banana skin on to the pitch never killed anyone either, but it’s funny how one incident caused such an outcry on here, but another one has been treated as humorous.
            In my opinion, justarsenal got this one completely wrong by trying to trivilise the incident as a joke post, something I didn’t expect.

  6. Break-on-through says:

    It was some shot, though wasn’t it. I seen pictures of how far it traveled. Granit Xhaka, eat your heart out, top vision, 20/20 as they say. If it had of been a glass bottle it could’ve done some damage, even still, it was very silly from the fan to lose control for a split second. Would you say he believed he could reach him, or would you say he just fired it at a direction, not expecting to actually clonk him on the noggin.

    1. Sue says:

      Who knows what went through his/her head! That heat of the moment split second will cost that person watching their team for the rest of their life! Was it really worth it??

  7. Ray says:

    I’m a Spurs fan and I have to say that Dele Alli’s response to the twat who threw the plastic water bottle at him was the best sort of response and would have hurt the perpetrator even more however, like the other mindless moron masquerading as a Spurs fan who threw the banana at Aubameyang, he must be dealt with in the same manner if apprehended and perhaps harsher because it connected with his intended target, to the players head. This sort of behaviour is nothing new I’m afraid, black players have suffered racial abuse, bananas and other objects thrown at them for decades and not a thing was done about it by the football authorities other than blowing a lot of hot air at the problem. It will continue from time to time of course and an unsuspecting player could very well be blinded by a thrown object from the crowd.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Ray, as an Arsenal supporter for over 60 years I can only agree with everything you say.
      I congratulate the player and your club for their mature actions and your personal contribution to this debate gives me hope that we can kick these morons, whatever club they “support”, out of the game of football.
      I hope you can see from the debate that there are sensible, like mined fans from The Arsenal that concur with you.

  8. Th14 says:

    Should have gone for a bigger water bottle ?

    1. georgie b says:

      Would a glass bottle smashing against Alli’s head make you happier? Sounds like it.

    2. jon fox says:

      Shame on you! You are clearly very immature!

  9. Declan says:

    Problem is if it happens again it could result in a game behind closed doors scenario. So we alll suffer from the action of some mindless idiots.
    Thankfully Ali played it cool and didn’t go down in a crumpled heap, just put the 2-0 score up with his fingers, class I’d say, even though I detest spurs more than any other team.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Declan, I tell you what, let’s just admire and congratulate Ali for the mature way he handled the incident.
      A brilliant response to a moronic so called Arsenal fan that will haunt our club for many many years I’m afraid to say.

      In fact, I think AFC should thank THFC for the way they have handled this situation.
      They have gone up in my estimation as a club and have my respect for the way they have acted/reacted to the whole scenario.
      Let’s give credit where credit is due.

  10. Declan says:

    Have. Just re read the article and think some of it is irresponsible. This needs to be taken a lot more seriously then appears to be the case.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Declan, I seem to be following you in posting, my apologies.

      Couldn’t agree more, as I said when debating with Sue.
      It’s not a bit of fun, rather a slur on our club that will be shown many times over and we will be judged by it, especially by an anti- Arsenal media.
      Ask yourself this, what does joe public think when he/she sees this incident about both clubs?
      I can’t understand the flippancy of some comments on here, have they not thought about the future consequences for The Arsenal, it’s image and it’s brand?
      Perhaps they don’t really care and are as guilty as the person who threw the bottle?
      I despair, I really do, at some of these foolish so called fans of our great club.

      1. jon fox says:

        I wish to associate myself with every single word of this sad but totally truthful post.

  11. ozziegunner says:

    It seems that some people want to regress to the days when racial, homophobic, sexist, religious and social abuse were part and parcel of sport attendence. One always hoped that society had matured, but unfortunately some people have not.
    I always believed that the Arsenal always represented “class” in the true sense of the word. I, like others here, am appalled that this incident occurred so soon after our players were subjected to the banana skin throwing.
    If people want to throw things, they should try out to play for Middlesex; not test their “skill” in the crowd at sporting events.

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