Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was confronted by the spectator during he 70th minute of the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal

Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association after a spectator confronted Manchester United defender Chris Smalling on the pitch during their Premier League game on Sunday.

The incident occurred in the second half of the game at Emirates which Arsenal won 2-0.

Gary Cooper, 30, from Surrey, has been charged with common assault and encroaching on to the pitch.

He was bailed to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 26 March.

Arsenal have until 22 March to respond to the FA charge.

An FA spokesperson said: “It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator[s] conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday.”

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