It was a bad day at the office for anyone associated with Arsenal when they hosted the reigning champions yesterday.
The Gunners found themselves 3-0 down at home to Manchester City after 40 minutes and it’s fair to say their fans did not take the lacklustre performance well.
A video emerged on social media showing supporters queuing to get back out of the Emirates through the turnstiles at half-time.
It is thought that around 15,000 home fans headed for the exits, believing the contest to be dead and buried.
Arsenal fans certainly aren’t shy of showing how they feel, flying a ‘Wenger – out means out’ banner on the back of a plane in 2017, while Arsenal Fan TV, a YouTube channel interviewing fans after each game, has nearly 760 million views to date.
Those who chose to stay until the final whistle against City weren’t treated to any sort of performance from their side in the second half, even if the scoreline didn’t get any worse.
It seems as if City felt that they had inflicted enough damage on the red side of North London in the first half, with two emphatic finishes from Kevin De Bruyne and a tap in from Raheem Sterling putting City in a commanding position.
From that point on, it was more of a keep-ball exercise for Pep Guardiola’s men, with the Arsenal players looking bereft of confidence, ideas and desire.
Things don’t get easier for current interim manager Freddie Ljungberg, with Arsenal due to head to Goodison Park next to face a rejuvenated Everton under Duncan Ferguson.
The Gunners then host Chelsea, Leeds in the FA Cup and Manchester United in the next four games, with a trip to Bournemouth thrown in there for good measure.
While the fans haven’t turned on their former winger yet, Ljungberg’s side were truly horrendous against the reigning champions, lacking any kind of tactical purpose.
It’s due to be a tricky festive period at the Emirates, but there is one positive for Arsenal fans to take.
It can’t get much worse.