Gunners joy over European win short-lived as one fan hospitalised by Napoli thugs.
Mesut Ozil opened his goal-scoring account with the Gunners while Olivier Giroud sealed the victory, however, any festival mood that could have broken out post-match was halted due to a violent minority of Napoli fans who reportedly attacked a group of Arsenal supporters.
One man, 48-year-old Tim Garwood, was hit over the head with a stool at the Piebury Corner restaurant and was left requiring hospital treatment. His friend, Richard Morey, likened the 100-strong gang to the hooliganism that marred British football in the 1980s.
'We saw a group of about 90 or 100 Napoli fans come onto the Holloway Road,' said Morey to the Mirror, also 48. 'They were singing but then one of them ran over and punched one of the guys outside the pie and mash shop. There was a bit of a tussle out the front and then one of the windows came through.
'One of the Italian guys hit Tim over the head with a cast iron stool and left him bleeding badly. I have never seen anything like it,' he said. 'It was like going back to the early 80s.'
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