Andrey Arshavin slams Emirates atmosphere

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Andrey Arshavin has launched a scathing attack on the Emirates Stadium home crowd.

The former Gunners star said the atmosphere is 'weird' and that the Arsenal players feel no advantage whilst playing at home.

The home fans were edgy and frustrated throughout the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, and after Tottenham boss criticised the White Hart Lane crowd, Arshavin has done the same.

32-year-old Russian Arshavin spent four years in North London and though a favourite after his move from Zenit, the end of his Arsenal career was plagued by discontent from the Arsenal faithful.

And Arshavin has slammed the fans at Arsenal:

"The atmosphere was weird," he said in the Sun. "It felt like the crowd was at the theatre - good seats, expensive tickets and they wanted to see a show, not to support the team.

"It was like there was no advantage in playing at home. Many of the players - the leaders that were left from the club's time at Highbury - often complained that the atmosphere in the stands was so bad."

Arsenal's form for a long time has been better on the road, and this season is no exception.

Despite impressing at home in the league in games against rivals Tottenham, and against Norwich - when they scored this goal of the season contender - Arsene Wenger's side have lost their last two games at the Emirates.

Defeat against Borussia Dortmund in Europe and Chelsea in the cup are beginning to make people doubt the credentials of this Arsenal side, who currently sit top of the league.

The Gunners will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday against Liverpool, and will be hoping for a positive reaction from the fans.

And Wenger is keen for Arsenal to rectify their home form.

"We want to win every home game, so the home form is a concern - but not as big a concern as the statistics might show it," he said.

"Against Dortmund and Chelsea, we gave easy goals away. That is a positive and a negative. The negative is that we gave the goals away, but the positive is that neither of them created too many chances against us.

"It is down to how we get rid of those mistakes without losing the belief in our qualities. That is what is at stake.

Arsenal will be without injured star Mathieu Flamini but are likely to recall Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud to the starting line-up.

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