Are Arsenal fans simply bored?
Such is the stagnation surrounding the club that fans have resorted to fighting each other. In March, they clashed outside the Emirates Stadium following the FA Cup defeat to Watford.
And the in-fighting continued at the Etihad Stadium yesterday following the 2-2 draw against Manchester City. Scroll down the page to watch the scrap.
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Arsenal supporters are currently split, with some fans wanting manager Arsene Wenger to stay and some demanding his departure.
A 12th consecutive season without winning the Premier League title, combined with a lack of ambition from the club’s hierarchy, is the cause of the disputes.
Arsenal fans fighting
It’s more than likely that they will be playing Champions League football for the 19th consecutive season but that hasn’t been enough to spare the fans’ backlash. They want the Premier League trophy and know that this season was a huge opportunity to win it.
Instead, the Gunners crumbled when the pressure rose. Successive defeats to Manchester United and Swansea came amid a run of two wins in nine games that threw Arsenal’s title bid off the tracks.
So Arsenal fans might have a point. In the years since they lifted the title, Leicester City have been relegated from the Premier League to League One via the Championship, before completing a miraculous comeback by winning League One, the Championship and the Premier League.
Still, fans reacted to the fighting with much disgust on Twitter.
Wenger called out the fans
Wenger has taken the brave decision to face his critics head on. Last month, he irked supporters by admitting they have created a “very difficult climate” to play in at the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman even called on fans to be as appreciative as Liverpool’s are on match days.
“You speak about Liverpool [and their atmosphere]," he said, per the Mirror. "It's a good example to follow."
He continued: “I can understand the frustration of our fans, but as well, despite that, we want to support our team. The best chance you can give to the team is to be behind the team.
"They should not question the character of these players because they are exceptional characters. We are disappointed, but we have to fight. We have to stick together
"We lost the championship at home against the lower teams, but we played sometimes at home in a very difficult climate.”
The novelty of winning the FA Cup in back-to-back years has worn off. Wenger must deliver a league title in the coming seasons or the fans might force him out.