Joey Barton takes dig at Arsenal fans

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Joey Barton has risked incurring the wrath of Arsenal supporters after criticising them following their team’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

The outspoken midfielder, who currently plies his trade for Burnley but was speaking as a guest pundit on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday night, believes the Gunners’ demanding fans are just as much to blame as the players at times.

Arsenal supporters do have a reputation for vocally expressing their dismay - particularly at the Emirates Stadium - when things aren’t going their way. Barton believes they should take a leaf out of the Leicester City fans’ book by cheering on their team for the full 90 minutes.


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“I think the fans can contribute to [Arsenal’s poor performances]” Barton commented. “The atmosphere today [at the King Power Stadium] will be absolutely electric - the same way it was Saturday because they know they can influence the team to play with an intensity and tempo.

“Arsenal fans have to be as culpable as the team sometimes because they’re very quick to turn on the team, very quick to turn on the manager and very quick to boo.”

Arsenal fans pay extortionate prices for tickets

Of course, every football supporter is free to express their feelings - be it positive or negative - if they pay money for a ticket.

And Arsenal fans would probably argue that they are not receiving value for money.

The Gunners’ faithful are forced to fork out more cash than any other Premier League club for match-day and season tickets.

The cheapest season ticket at the Emirates is currently £1,014, while the most expensive is an astronomical £2,013.

Considering Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since 2004 - and went nine years without winning a trophy before lifting the FA Cup in 2014 - Arsenal fans could be forgiven if they felt shortchanged.

Leicester are overachieving - Arsenal are not

Supporters at the King Power Stadium are bouncing off the walls because Leicester currently sit top of the Premier League table with 10 matches remaining - they have exceeded all expectations.

Arsenal, on the other hand, appear to be in danger of suffering yet another end-of-season collapse.

Fans are desperate for the club to win the title and understandably feel - with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all struggling to hit top gear - that this should be their year.

Leicester and Tottenham are first and second respectively and Arsenal, in the eyes of the fans, are underachieving yet again under Arsene Wenger.

Back-to-back defeats against Barcelona and United has affected morale, but Wenger’s men have an opportunity to return to winning ways against Swansea City this evening.

Arsenal fans: is Joey Barton talking rubbish - or does he have a point? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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