In news we weren’t expecting to report, it turns out the man who ran onto the Emirates pitch on Sunday and clashed with Chris Smalling is in fact Tyson Fury’s cousin.
After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang secured all three points against Manchester United from the penalty spot, the fan sprinted onto the pitch, colliding with Smalling in the process.
This came only hours after a Birmingham City fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish on the pitch during the Second City derby, earning himself a 14 week jail sentence and a lifetime ban from all football grounds in the UK.
The pitch invader from the 2-0 win over United has now been identified as Gary Cooper, who has revealed he ran onto the pitch to celebrate Aubameyang’s crucial penalty.
Cooper has since apologised for his actions in an interview with the Daily Mail, saying he feels ‘ashamed’ of how events transpired.
“I am just so ashamed and have let myself and my family down. What happened was out of character. I am still in shock and feel awful.
“I want to apologise to Chris Smalling, Manchester United and to Arsenal. I got caught up in the emotion of the game and made a foolish mistake to run on to the pitch.
“I had no intention of approaching Chris Smalling. He happened to be there as I ran to congratulate the Arsenal players.”
Ironically, Cooper’s uncle, former World Heavyweight Champion Fury is a die hard United fan and has been spotted at Old Trafford on multiple occasions for United home games.
(h/t the mirror)