Attacking ace slams ‘no home advantage’.
Former Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has slammed the club’s fans by saying they were so quiet at the Emirates that “It was like there was no advantage in playing at home,” the Daily Mirror reports.
The 32-year-old, who left the club to rejoin Zenit St Petersburg over the summer, claimed that the atmosphere at the Emirates was so bad that it was as though fans had come prepared for a night at the theatre.
It is an accusation that has been levelled at the club before from rival fans, but coming from a former player it may not go down too well with the Arsenal faithful.
“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,” he 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.”
Arshavin spent four years at the club where he made 143 appearances, scoring 31 times in the process. However, he fell out of favour towards the end of his stint and spent half a season back on loan with Zenit before rejoining them permanently at the end of last term.