Arsenal report that they have over 58.000 seats filled at every game, but it is blindingly obvious that they may have sold that many season tickets, but more and more supporters can’t be bothered using them despite our good home record.
Paul Merson made it clear what he thinks is the reason for the empty seats. “Did you watch the first-half of the game against Stoke in their last home game?” he told Sky Sports.
“That’s the reason why!
“The performances just haven’t been good enough.
“The fans are paying top dollar and they haven’t got top-dollar players on the pitch.
“Too many of them are nowhere near good enough to play for Arsenal Football Club.”
“This team can beat these teams like Stoke at home, but the fans are making their point by staying away,”
“That’s always dangerous for managers and clubs.
“I know they’ve sold season tickets, but it isn’t good.
“It’s been very rare to see the Emirates half empty.”
But Wenger was asked today about the library atmosphere at the Emirates, and he doesn’t sound worried at all. “It is not a big concern.” he said.
“Our crowd is very solid. We are sold out every game.
“We have played on special days and are not going for the league.
“We have faithful fans who will always be there.
“When you look at the renewal numbers, they are outstanding.”
So no problems for the management because the money has already been paid, so why should they? If all the season tickets are sold for next season then they won’t care if no-one turns up again!
Why does that make me even more sure that Wenger will be staying at least one more year?