Arsenal official denies 10,000 empty-seats claim

Date published: Monday 13th February 2017 10:39

Arsenal: What was the attendance v Hull?

An Arsenal official has commented on the empty seats seen at The Emirates stadium during the Gunners’ 2-0 victory against Hull City on Saturday.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice to hand Arsenal a much-needed three points, and while the attendance figures state 59,692 – just 663 short of full capacity – were there to see it, the number of empty seats around the stadium suggested otherwise.

The evident spaces around the ground were noticed, with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust tweeting “well over 10,000 empty seats” while The Gooner also tweeted “one in every 10” seats were empty.

However, Mark Gonnella, the club’s communications director, has denied this was the case and stated that the numbers claimed by both fanzines were exaggerated.

He tweeted: “Always disappointing to see empty seats but your numbers are way out.”

Arsenal fans are once again disgruntled with manager Arsene Wenger after another mid-season collapse.

The Frenchman is in the last year of his contract with the North London club and, although there is said to be a two-year contract extension on the table, Wenger remains undecided what he will do at the end of the season.

His future has become a hot topic over recent weeks, and Arsenal player Alan Smith believes it’s “probably is time for change”.

“We have reached the end of a natural cycle,” Smith said. “There are an increasing number of fans who aren’t happy and I don’t think Wenger is happy. It is bound to wear you down.

“Now it is time the club looked towards a different manager. The same voice for 20 years is an awfully long time. It has got stale. The offer of that two-year contract is on the table [for Wenger]. I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to go.”

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