Robin Van Persie’s goal had put the visitors in the lead, although the home side fought back strongly to claim the three points and substitute Thierry Henry appeared to have an angry exchange with a supporter after the final whistle.
Henry, playing his second match for Arsenal since returning for a loan spell, has apologised for swearing at a fan but claims that the supporters must get behind the side even in adverse circumstances.
“I was really shocked and disappointed on Sunday, and not just at the result,” Henry told the Sun. “After the final whistle of a very tricky game, I insisted the whole team go and applaud the Arsenal supporters.
“When I arrived in front of our own fans, I couldn’t understand the abuse the team were getting from one of them. I wanted to tell the fan in question that we need their support not abuse. The sentiment was right but in hindsight could have been better expressed.
“So I would like to first and foremost apologise for using inappropriate language to that particular ‘supporter’. I didn’t intend to be malicious or threatening and am aware that it could have been said in a calmer manner.
“We have had great moments at this club but we are all in this together. We need your support in the good times but more importantly the bad. Let’s get behind the team against Manchester United on Sunday and try to get three points to get the season back on track.”