There will be plenty of empty seats..

Arsenal set for lowest Premier League attendance in a decade

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The unprecedented disappointment that Arsenal fans are feeling will be put in plain sight on Thursday evening when thousands upon thousands of fans fail to take their seats to watch the Gunners in action against West Brom.

A run of just two wins in seven Premier League matches has seen Arsenal fall 13 points behind leaders Leicester City. Dropping to fourth, they are now more concerned with qualifying for the Champions League than winning the title.

Sunday's 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace saw the frustration boil over in some sections of the crowd with Arsene Wenger reportedly subjected to torrents of abuse as he walked down the tunnel. Thousands of others booed the players off the pitch.


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One fan's tirade went viral on YouTube after he called for fans to walk out of the West Brom game on the 75-minute mark, but it appears many of them can't even put up with that anymore. According to popular Arsenal fanzine, The Gooner, Thursday's game could be the lowest Premier League attendance since they moved from Highbury in 2006.

With just 48 hours to go until kick-off, fans can still buy tickets in almost every section of the stadium with only the Junior Gunners enclosure and a few 'Club Level' blocks sold out. Block 122 looks to be one of the most empty with as many as 107 tickets still up for grabs.

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Vocal fans

Some fans on Twitter have already made their intentions public, claiming they have "given up" on supporting Arsenal for the rest of the season. Tim Payton, a spokesman for the vocal Arsenal Supporters Trust, claims as many as 20,000 seats could be vacant.

Under pressure

Arsenal could find themselves just one point above fifth-placed Manchester United when the game kicks off on Thursday evening. The Red Devils will attempt to do what the Gunners could not on Wednesday, facing up to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Victory for Louis van Gaal's men will heap a ton of pressure on Arsenal to win and it looks as though the crowd, which can be deafeningly silent when even full, will offer little encouragement.

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Dropping out of the top four for the first time in his Arsenal tenancy will certainly see the calls for Wenger to leave grow louder. Indeed, even his most loyal followers are starting to question his continued presence at the club after what has been a disastrous campaign.

Having struggled through years of austerity, there is little for Wenger to hide behind after failing to bring home the Premier League title this season. He has one year left on his contract and will be determined to see it out.

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