Arshavin unhappy with Gunners home support.
Former Arsenal forward Andriy Arshavin has slammed the club’s home support, claiming fans at the Emirates come to see a show rather than support the team.
The Russian, who returned to Zenit St. Petersburg this summer after being released by the Gunners, claimed many of the senior players at Arsenal felt the atmosphere at the new ground, opened in 2006, was not as good as at Highbury.
“It felt like the crowd was at the theatre – good seats, expensive tickets and they wanted to see a show, not to support the team,” Arshavin said.
“It was like there was no advantage in playing at home. Many of the players – the leaders that were left from the club’s time at Highbury – often complained that the atmosphere in the stands was so bad.”
The 32-year-old’s remarks come in the same week Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas criticised the club’s home support.