Arsene Wenger
A football fan has been charged after he approached Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at St Mary's stadium Getty

Football fan Luke Bryant has been charged by Hampshire Police after he jumped security and approached Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the side's 2-0 defeat to Southampton.

Bryant, 25, of Bankhill Drive, Lymington, Hampshire, a reported Arsenal fan, was sat amongst home supporters during the Premier League clash at St. Mary's on New Year's Day.

He was arrested and subsequently charged with an offence of going on to an area adjacent to the playing area contrary to the Football (Offences) Act 1991, and is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates' Court on 22 January.

Video footage showed a supporter approach the away dugout at the end of the match with his arms open.

Wenger responded with a similar gesture, seemingly in confusion as to how the supporter was able to breach stewards and walk towards him.

The incident comes after some Gunners fans barraged Wenger with abuse, as he got onto a train back to London from Stoke after a 3-2 defeat to the Potters on 7 December.