Ex-Arsenal star lays into the club's supporters

Former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin has hit out at the club’s fans and the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium.

Former Arsenal player Andrey Arshavin has hit out at the Gunners suggesting they don’t do enough to create a hostile and intimidating atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium.

Arshavin left the club to go back to former side Zenit St Petersburg after failing to fulfil the potential he promised when he made the move to Arsenal back in 2009.

He was not afraid to voice his frustration at the club and with life in London, on one occasion quite publicly suggesting that Arsene Wenger wasn’t spending enough money at the club.

“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,” said the Russian.

Arsenal fans have been very used to seeing superb and stylish football under Arsene Wenger while the Frenchman has been in charge in North London.

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On occasions the team does look unplayable but the suggestion there is next to no atmosphere at Arsenal’s home games is questionable as their fans are no different from any other set of supporters in the country.

“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,” he added.

When Arsenal aren’t playing well, the fans get on the case of the team just like any other set of fans would with their side across the country, when the side plays well, the supporters get behind the side.

Arsenal's local rivals Tottenham are the perfect example, with Andre Villas-Boas critical of the White Hart Lane crowd last weekend.

What do you make of those comments Arsenal fans?

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