Arsene Wenger fails to explain empty seats at Arsenal

Date published: Thursday 15th March 2018 8:38

Arsene Wenger has called on his Arsenal side to put on the sort of displays that will have stay-away fans returning to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have seen attendances dwindle for recent home matches following a string of damaging defeats.

Some are steering clear as they want Wenger removed from his post, not a new phenomenon, but in recent games the stadium has appeared half-empty.

Arsenal only give their official attendance in terms of tickets sold, not taking into account the actual number of supporters who make it through the turnstiles.

The lowest attendance record has been broken twice this campaign, against Doncaster in the Carabao Cup and BATE Borisov in the Europa League group stages.

But big matches have also seen sparse crowds, with Wenger blaming widespread freezing temperatures for the low turnout in the recent 3-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City.

There were a similar number of empty seats for Sunday’s win over Watford and it remains to be seen how many supporters turn up for the second leg of Arsenal’s last-16 Europa League clash with AC Milan on Thursday.

“I don’t know the explanations,” Wenger said when asked about fans opting to stay at home.

“I feel that for 22 years I have played in front of sold-out stadiums and I am grateful…you don’t expect me to say I don’t want them to come back.

“If there are one or two games and the stadium is not completely full we have to look at ourselves and get the fans behind us again. This club is massive and the support is huge. It is just down to our performances.”

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