Arsenal and Aston Villa data analyst fracas to be investigated by the FA

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The Football Association will investigate the angry scenes on the touchline after Arsenal scored a late winner against Aston Villa.
  • Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-2
  • Score two late goals
  • Staff from both sides clash

WHAT HAPPENED? Arsenal's dramatic 4-2 Premier League win over Aston Villa on Saturday saw bizarre scenes at the end of the game as Miguel Molina, who is part of Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff, clashed with Victor Manas, who is Aston Villa's data analyst. Manas appeared to be furious at Molina's enthusiastic celebrations and confronted the Arsenal man, resulting in chaotic scenes on the touchline. The Football Association is now investigating the clash between the two clubs, who could face sanctions depending on the findings.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Arteta said after the game that Arsenal would also look into the matter. "Like anything that happens in the stand, we will look at it and address it and take action if necessary," he explained.

Villa had looked set to win the game after twice going ahead. However, Arsenal hit back to level the match and then scored twice in stoppage time to seal all three points.

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