People expect teams such as Chelsea or Manchester United to always get three points at their home ground.
This, however, is not the case with Arsenal. On the opening day of the season they faced Aston Villa, a side who narrowly avoided relegation the previous season. Many Arsenal fans, including myself, went to Emirates Stadium expecting to see goals flying in and although this was the case, three of the goals went to Villa and one was for the Gunners.
Disappointing? Unexpected? A bit of both maybe, but what were the reasons for this? It is easy for a spectator to criticise a player when he has a bad game, but they are the professionals, and not everyone has a good day at the office, and if a fan was put on the pitch and made to play against the formidable Benteke, I'd bet they'd make a fool out of themselves.
However when the entire team has an abysmal game, then questions can be asked.
This is the problem at Arsenal. The fans are so fickle, that when Arsenal are winning, Wenger is the best manager in the world and Olivier Giroud was the greatest signing ever, but twenty minutes later when Arsenal are losing 2-1, the fans want Wenger out, and Giroud is a lumbering imbecile, and should be put on the first plane back to Montpellier.
I've been to countless games where after ten minutes the fans are singing 'we're by far the greatest team, the world has ever seen', and at half time the stadium is filled with boos.
This is another point. Why boo players? It's not like they're going to come out, and play well when their own fans are hurling abuse at them. Personally I feel the Arsenal players feel too much pressure at home, because they know if they make one tiny mistake, the fans will be on their back, and therefore the mistakes keep getting bigger and bigger.
However it's not all the fans who follow this idiotic ideology. Arsenal's away fans are seen by many as the best in the world, literally following their team wherever they go. An example of their support was in the crazy 7-5 victory against Reading last Halloween in the Capital One Cup. Arsenal were 4-0 down after thirty minutes, but the fans kept going, and on 96 minutes, they equalised, and in extra time, took the lead. If this had been at Emirates nearly all the 'fans' would have been on the train home from Finsbury Park.
Less than ten years ago Highbury was a fortress, where teams came hoping not be embarrassed. Now the Emirates, a stadium that has not seen a trophy lifted in, is a place where teams from lower leagues can now come, and get three points or progress to the next round of the FA Cup (Blackburn Rovers 1-0).
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