Thousands of Arsenal supporters boycotted Tuesday night’s Premier League win over relegated Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners penultimate home league game of 2016/17 season.
However, when quizzed on the subject at the final whistle, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger gave a rather tetchy response, stating that the number of their fans present doesn’t dictate the pace of the game and it has no influence on the outcome or their result either.
“It’s Tuesday night against Sunderland. Everybody expects us to win. I didn’t count the number of people who were in the seats,” Wenger told reporters when asked about the paltry crowd and attendance.
“We don’t find it difficult playing in front of empty seats. We do our job and we have shown that again tonight. When you play football, you don’t count the people in the stands. You play because you want to win the game and because you enjoy to play.”
Wenger is however optimistic Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Everton will witness massive crowd turn out after revealing the match is ‘sold out’.
However, his previous comments will definitely infuriate Arsenal fans who are protesting Wenger’s 20-year stay at the club with series of ‘Wenger Out’ banners and they will feel disrespected to find out the club will thrive with or without them in the stands cheering or jeering.
Meanwhile, the Gunners attention will shift to May 27th FA Cup final against Chelsea immediately after the Everton game where they have the chance to win a trophy this season and the north London club’s hierarchy will do Wenger a lot of favour by hiring extra security just in case to lose to the reigning Premier League champions at Wembley Stadium.