Arsenal’s defeat to Stoke City on Saturday was a miserable enough affair to make the journey home from the Potteries for Arsene Wenger and his squad bad enough, so what greeted them at the train station probably wouldn’t have made it any easier.
A video has appeared online showing a group of Gunners fans standing behind a police cordon as members of the Arsenal squad board a train bound for London, but the 3-2 defeat earlier in the day has made these fans a little bit grumpy.
First off we see Joel Campbell in tracksuit, hat and the obligatory oversized headphones. The Costa Rican fringe-dweller is warned by one disgruntled fan to “get out while you can”, which is kind of funny.
Campbell’s interaction gives one the slightest impression that the fans waiting at the train station aren’t exactly in the most positive of moods. So, there is not the greatest amount of surprise in the nature of their reaction when Arsene Wenger appears.
There is surprise, however, in the intensity of the bed feeling expressed towards the Arsenal boss from those present. There’s a heart-breaking millisecond where the Frenchman sees the fans and the beginnings of a vociferous reaction to him appearing bring on half a smile, before it quickly dawns on him that this isn’t going to be a cuddly encounter.
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It’s quite shocking and you can watch for yourself below…
The first half at the Britannia Stadium was possibly the worst half of football Arsenal have played this season and, although they should have got on the scoresheet through Olivier Giroud, Stoke were well worth their 3-0 half time lead.
A slice of fortune in Bojan having a goal disallowed for offside that would have made it 4-0 was followed with a Santi Cazorla penalty and a fine volley by Aaron Ramsey. The Gunners could not get level though and the sending off of Calum Chambers took the wind out of their sails.
Is This OK?
Despite this being a very frustrating season and there being some very serious problems in the defensive side of Arsenal’s game, is this really a fitting way to address the club’s greatest ever manager in public?
Whether it happens at the end of this season or in three years time, it’s almost impossible to see this being anything other than Arsene Wenger’s last contract as Arsenal manager.
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