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Arsenal boss Emery charged with misconduct by FA

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been charged with improper conduct after he kicked a water bottle into the crowd during his side’s draw at Brighton.

The Spaniard immediately apologised to a supporter, who was also given the shirt of Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny as a gesture by the club.

Emery went to speak to the home fan at full-time after the Gunners drew 1-1 at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day.

The FA announced on Thursday that the 47-year-old had been charged over the incident.

It said: ‘Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged following the game against Brighton.

‘It is alleged his action of kicking a water bottle during the fixture amounts to improper conduct. He has until 6pm on 2 January 2019 to respond to the charge.’

Speaking ahead of the FA statement at a press conference to preview Arsenal’s weekend trip to Liverpool, Emery had hoped his apology would have been the end of the matter.

‘I say yesterday my apologies, I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter, I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies. There is not another communication.

‘I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention.’