Even Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern were laughing at yesterday’s attendance as their club hosted Manchester City yesterday in the Premier League in what was the two clubs’ second meeting in five days. Man City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners (again) to make it 6-0 across the two games the sides have played this week. Although, a lot of fans noticed the same thing – the lack of fans at the Emirates.
Arsenal have come under fire from the media and fans alike in recent weeks with what seems like defeat after defeat with no one in the clubs ranks seemingly willing to stand up and be counted for. Given the state of affairs on the pitch, it’s easy enough to see why any paying Arsenal fan would avoid forking out to watch the current brand of football on show. Couple this with the #BeastFromTheEast wreaking havoc to public transport and it’s easy to see why Arsene Wenger found his side playing in what seemed like a half-full stadium.
However, towards the end of the second half, Mirror journalist John Cross tweeted the attendance, which was supposedly 58,420. Considering the Emirates seats 59,867 it was pretty clear to everyone watching that Arsenal had either plucked a figure out of the air or had gone with the number of tickets sold as opposed to the number of fans who trudged through the gates.
Here’s what the fans had to say.
Does that include the surrounding borough?
— Jeremy Cross (@CrossyDailyStar) March 1, 2018
— Jeff McConnell (@jeff_mcconnell) March 1, 2018
— GOODLAUGH (@G00DLAUGH) March 1, 2018
Why can’t they give both the number of tickets sold and the actual attendance? They aren’t kidding anyone saying that, that many where there
— Andrew Merriman (@soldsandsailsfc) March 1, 2018
— Darren Skingle (@DRS_Engineering) March 2, 2018
If those are arsenal official figures then the tax man will be the happiest man tonight
— Bill Nettelfield (@nettelfield) March 1, 2018