Opinion: If the absence of fans is really helping Arsenal then the fans are a problem

Mikel Arteta recently hinted that his players are doing better now because they are not playing in front of their fans, per the Mirror.

I am surprised by that comment because I expect the fans to be the reason why teams win games.

Liverpool’s home is one of the most difficult places for any team to visit and this can be attributed to their fans making Anfield hostile for the visiting team.

If Arteta can think that our players are doing better without us in the stands, does it mean that we have become toxic for the players?

Fans have been suspended from the stands at the moment, and I know that I am not the only one who cannot wait to get back in the stands and watch our team play.

However, Arteta’s statement has made me take a good look at the kind of support that I have been offering the team and I have to admit that there have been times that I haven’t enjoyed how they played and I have let them know.

But as we enter into a new phase under the Spaniard, when we are back in the stands I would love us all to support our team even when it seems like they are already set to lose a game.

We need to show them that we love and appreciate their efforts, even when the result isn’t what we expected.
An article from Ime

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  1. Lord Denning says:

    The toxic Arsenal fans brings negative influence ,infact some of the players that are always booed by fans are happy those fans are not there.No surprise xhaka improved.

    1. Wairire tadewo says:

      I guess so but what I assume arsenal needs fans however much mist matched u just see fans quiet and giving no morale to the players unlike other clubs like bvb dortimond, Liverpool etc

      1. SueP says:

        It must be disheartening
        There are British supporters who sing and chant for their team however good or bad the team are doing.
        We could learn a lesson

    2. ThirdManJW says:

      Whilst I agree that the atmosphere on match days has made it tougher for the players to perform, one can understand why the fans have become so unhappy.

      We’re paying the highest prices, for a dreadful product! We have been lied to, we have seen gross mismanagement of finances, and coaching. Rubbish players seemingly stay forever at our club, and batterings in the league and in Europe. We also see the same mistakes repeated over, and over, and over again. Luiz being the latest of brain dead decisions…TWICE!

      One cannot blame the fans. They are not the source of the problem.

      1. ozziegunner says:


  2. Lord Denning says:

    Tv money is king, attendance contributes about 20% of clubs revenue so football can survive without revenue from attending fans,

  3. Lord Denning says:

    Nketia redcard upheld,three match ban am not surprised Mike riley

    1. towny254 says:

      Riley has NO time for ARSENAL full stop

      1. ozziegunner says:

        The sooner the EPL sees the back of him the better. The poor application of VAR (different to the rest of Europe) plus the overall standard and lack of consistency of officiating in the EPL (none considered good enough for the World Cup) are down to his administration.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Spot on Ozziegunner, how Riley applied VAR different to the rest of Europe. The fact that 90% live within spitting distance of Manchester United fan Riley, and that’s a fact, is an even bigger disgrace. Riley’s beef with Arsenal goes back to his refereeing days and his run in’s with the Arsenal boss. Wenger was regularly disciplined, warned and fined by the FA for his criticism of the bias Riley, so much so, he once remarked “I may as well leave my credit card at the FA”, The sooner this incompetent official is out of the game the better. I thought he would go when, as Ozziegunner rightly pointed out, when we were deprived of any referees at the last World Cup.However, water off a ducks back to the PGMOL.

          1. Admin Martin says:

            Such a shame that you spoil your comments with misleading info. England was not denied a referee at the last world cup and it is this sort of false statement that makes Arsenal a banter club.

          2. Kenny Rolfe says:

            You say this every time Martin but truth is we none their, if our ONLY choice had to pull out why was he not replaced

          3. Admin Martin says:

            Because FIFA said it was too late for a replacement, it is all there for you to research. Fact is that the Saudi’s wanted the best referee in the world and they got him. Your minority opinion that English refs are the worst simply because they give a decision against Arsenal does not hold water and it makes us nothing short of a banter club.

  4. GunnerDev says:

    The fact that the players can hear MA instruction from the sidelines are bound to make a difference also.

  5. Durand says:

    1 bad apple can spoil the bunch. There are always some malcontents, but that should never apply to the whole lot. Fans that pay their hard earned money for tickets have the right to boo and hiss if they see fit.
    Play poorly and they probably will be harsh, play well and they shower you with praise, it’s just human nature.
    There are lines not to cross of course, but if you have thin skin don’t blame fans.

    1. Chris says:

      “Fans that pay their hard earned money have the right to boo and hiss if they see fit”.
      Who decided that? If you don’t like something, you just stop doing it, you don’t keep going and complain about it. We are called supporters for a reason. If someone has issues with how the team is playing, they should just stay at home to watch the games instead of contributing to the negative atmosphere. With that kind of logic I should start shouting every time I don’t like something, just because I paid money for it, even though I was aware of the quality I was purchasing before hand.

      1. Goonster says:

        But booing and praising players has always been part of the game. It used to be worse where fans would even invade the pitch to attack players.
        Football is a game of passion, emotions is what made it what it is today.
        I am okay with booing the players, but also I am okay with the players giving it back if pushed to the limit like XHAKA did.
        I think I was one of the only few that backed Xhaka for telling the boo-boys to fck off.
        This world is not a cutie cutie place. It is a tough place to live.
        Only the tough can survive.

  6. SueP says:

    Weight of expectation after successful years possibly.

    The ‘good old days’ that I remember involved Match of the Day and the FA cup live on TV. Nowadays everything is on TV to be dissected in graphic detail. Add this to the pressure of appearing in the CL or the EL to maintain revenues and status then the pressure is immense.

    I have never followed the fan tv that many on here talk about. All I pick up on is that it can be abrasive. I did hear the main man have a rant on Talksport and that was enough for me.

    I wouldn’t have the guts to take to the pitch under those circumstances. No wonder some of the players feel a sense of relief.

  7. Gily says:

    OT: Fifa has taken over all VAR-related activities from the International FA Board (IFAB), who govern the game’s laws.
    The letter sent by FIFA to all FA and leagues states: “All VAR-related activities will now transfer to Fifa. Therefore, please address all your VAR-related questions, comments or suggestions directly to Fifa Refereeing.”
    I think Wenger has done it again and local beneficiary will be Arsenal.

    1. Sue says:

      Mike Riley… Arsene is coming for you!!! 😄

      1. Gily says:


        Sue, I think Wenger knew from the beginning how to really get back at them rotten lot. No wonder he rejected all the coaching jobs that came.

        1. Sue says:

          👍👍 good old Arsene!!

  8. Dan kit says:

    Another OT
    Spurs managed zero shots on target against 18th places Bournemouth 😂😂😂😂😂😂
    And some of our fans wanted Jose as Arsenal boss .

    1. Sue says:

      Hahaha they’re very quiet now 😂

    2. SueP says:

      And Bournemouth had a goal disallowed too!
      Thank the lord that Mourinho never became our manager. The horrible things he said about Wenger. What has Mourinho been a specialist in lately?

  9. Sue says:

    While at the Emirates, there’s only one man I’ll shout at out of sheer frustration – the ref 😄

    Like you Ime, I can’t wait to be back inside the stadium and I think we’ll all appreciate it that little bit more, having been without it for so long!!

    United’s penalty??!! Really?? Gary Neville said Bruno Fernandes is clever….hmmm…. they’ve been awarded 13 now!! 😳

    1. Kenya 001 says:

      Exactly sue how the hell is that a penalty to United?

      1. Sue says:

        Unbelievable, Kenya! Some teams have all the luck!!

    2. towny254 says:

      FERNANDES played for it and the bloody ref fell for it

      1. Sue says:

        Absolutely, towny 👍

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          No luck Sue, crooks

          1. Sue says:

            They’ll (the refs 😄) break the record for most pens awarded in a season, Kenny…. they’ve equalled it now (13)… as Tesco say every little helps..🙄

  10. Trudeau says:

    OMG! Villa must wonder why they bother. That penalty for ManU is the biggest poster child for what is wrong with VAR. If anything, a yellow on Fernandes. Absolutely insane.

    1. Sue says:

      👍👍👍 clever, Neville said… which translates into a cheat!!

      1. Dan kit says:

        He stamps on a player and gets a penalty 🤔

        1. Sue says:

          It is United though…. we shouldn’t be surprised

          1. Dan kit says:

            I’ve just watched it over about 19 times ,I’m still confused how that was a penalty and. It a yellow or red for the stamp .

          2. Sue says:

            I’m still trying to work out what’s going on in Jon Moss’ head… or is he too busy thinking about Big Macs?
            Just when you think these refs can’t get any worse……

          3. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Another Manchester official gives a decision to a Manchester club.

          4. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Wonder what Jon Fox thinks of that one

          5. ken1945 says:

            Well, In Nevilles idea of fair and clever challenges, I guess he is right.
            I will never forget the hatchet job he and his brother got away with, when trying to end Jose Reyes career. God rest his soul.

          6. Sue says:

            Ken 👍👍

          7. ozziegunner says:

            👍 👍 👍 Ken and Sue re Jose Reyes being butchered out of the game.

    2. Shakir says:

      Exactly, what was VAR doing?????

  11. Kenya 001 says:

    Insane is an under statement Trudeau

    1. Trudeau says:

      For neither Neville or Keane to utterly condemn the VAR official makes me wonder what 95% of us pay our subscriptionto SKY for. My beef isn’t with Moss, it’s with VAR. No excuse. I’m absolutely fuming and don’t even like Villa. My boys are telling me to calm down…

  12. towny254 says:

    when referee’s make a mistake the FAMOUS OhI didn’t see it or blatant mistake they should be punished relegate them to the first or second division for 6 games not reward them giving them premier referee’s money I thought referees were supposed honest and fair that’s a JOKE

  13. Reggie says:

    Funny thing is our home form was ok under wenger, ok under emery, so fans didn’t do to much damage there. Our away fans are some of the best i have heard for support and our away form was absolutely crap. So what is all this bull about the fans. Little tip for the manager, dont blame the refs and dont blame the fans, it will get you nowhere. All i can say is watching football without the fans is dire and if they dont want the fans back, then just let everyone know. It will save people fortunes.

    1. AY75 says:

      Spot on 😃

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Exactly right,; Arteta’s comment is relevant given the majority of the games have been away, thus the opposition home fans would be in the majority.

  14. towny254 says:

    Can anyone tell me if they know what are board are doing regarding Transfers or are we on the slow boat to China again or are they on the look-out for freebies AGAIN

    1. Sue says:

      We’ll have to wait and see, towny… just hope it’ll be worth the wait!!

  15. Mogunna says:

    Man U is best team in EPL, breaking records, 4 wins on the road with 3 goals difference and all cleansheats.

  16. Mikki says:

    Lame excuse, the fans are not the reasons, arsenal for some years now don’t know how to handle pressure due to the nature of players that we have,lecister was a must win match but they didn’t win and you want the fans to be happy, it hurt to be rich in the beginning and later be poor, that’s the condition of the current arsenal, from invincible to mistable team, is embarrassing.if I see the quality of players in mcity, lpool,man u and Chelsea are already in the market against to buy quality players but where are we? Many of us are still day dreaming we need to facereality we are far behind others, we need to buy quality or it will be the same every season

  17. Mikki says:

    Lame excuse, the fans are not the reasons, arsenal for some years now don’t know how to handle pressure due to the nature of players that we have,lecister was a must win match but they didn’t win and you want the fans to be happy, it hurt to be rich in the beginning and later be poor, that’s the condition of the current arsenal, from invincible to mistable team, is embarrassing.if I see the quality of players in mcity, lpool,man u and Chelsea are already in the market against to buy quality players but where are we? Many of us are still day dreaming we need to facereality we are far behind others, we need to buy quality or it will be the same every season,fact.

  18. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    What is the football Emirates Stadium built for? To accommodate football Gooners fan ghosts to silently be cheering the Gunners in their home matches? Or to humanly and openly cheering the Gunners passionately? More so, if the Gunners are likely looking in their playing could be the winning team of the Premier League match that they are on it playing, I beg to ask Mikel Arteta? But let it not be forgotten that the Gooners who have paid to come-in into the Emirates Stadium to watch the Gunners play a PL match or any other competitive competition match could at anytime during match playing change from their cheering to booing the the team or a particular Gunner or some Gunners if the team or the Gunner or Gunners is or are displaying game playing incompetence to lose a match. And I Think and believe the Gooners have the right to doing this booing protest to register their displeasure or annoyance to the any lackluster match playing Gunners team of the day.

  19. Declan says:

    The premier league have confirmed all three VAR penalty decisions in last nights games were wrong. Man U and Southampton should not have had pens and spurs should have had one. About time VAR was called out properly!

    1. SueP says:

      VAR has interfered too much really and for 3 mistakes on one night is disgraceful
      ManU were not at their best before that decision and it probably changed the course of the match
      I’m no Spurs fan but Kane was fouled
      Nketiah-that is another story along with Vardy
      These mistakes are very costly
      VAR was supposed to cut out the errors!!!

    2. Kenny Rolfe says:

      99% VAR decisions go against Arsenal so I’m all for scraping it however it suits Sky Sports and Mike Riley’s PGMOL, just another way of controlling the outcome of the game.

  20. Quantic Dream says:

    Who pays the players and coaches fat salaries? Is it not the fans? Hmn…someone is talking trash to the hand that feeds him.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      👍 or those who buy pay TV subscriptions and have to replace their TV’s every time they smash them in disgust. 😀😭

      1. Sue says:

        QD & Ozzie 👍👍👍

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