Arsenal have launched an investigation into why hundreds of traveling supporters were delayed in getting to the Champions League Group F tie against Napoli on Wednesday night.
Special buses had been provided to take Gunners supporters out to the Stadio Sao Paulo, so as to avoid known hot spots for trouble in the past such as the Forcella and Quartieri Spagnoli areas, many were delayed in leaving and caught up in traffic.
It resulted in several hundred missing the kick-off, with additional problems caused by late congestion outside the entrance gate.
“We are aware of the problems our travelling supporters had on Wednesday night and in particular their late arrival at the game. We are very disappointed for our fans that they had a difficult evening but the circumstances were beyond our control,” an Arsenal statement read.
“We are very disappointed for our fans that they had a difficult evening but the circumstances were beyond our control.
“We have launched an investigation to work out precisely what happened.”
The Gunner’s had earlier warned its fans to avoid the violent areas on their route to the stadium.