Just like at Old Trafford tonight, The Emirates is particularly quiet tonight, and it’s nothing to do with the acoustics.
Rather, it’s because just as with Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace last night, the stadium is nowhere near full, despite what the official attendance may be (although the ‘half empty’ speculation is clearly a huge exaggeration).
That number has been tentatively reported at around 59,000, which is just shy of the 60,432 capacity, but the official figure refers to tickets sold – not the actual bums on seats.
So what’s going on here? Is it a boycott protest against Arsene Wenger?
It should be noted that there were problems on the London Tube, which could have resulted in fans getting in late.
In any case, it hasn’t affected the team’s performance too negatively: it took them just 6 minutes to break the deadlock, Alexis Sanchez scoring from outside the box.
The Empty seats at the Emirates. Really hurt to see this sight. pic.twitter.com/cOaSfeqoJI
— Hassan (@ClassofBergkamp) April 21, 2016
Emirates looks half empty and yes I kniw there are problems on the Underground tonight
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) April 21, 2016
Good to see the Emirates has many empty seats. Still won't sack Wenger tho! — watching Arsenal vs West Brom
— Harry Shoebridge (@harryshoebridge) April 21, 2016
Emirates stadium empty in protest against Wenger. So I guess Arsenal fans have been protesting against Wenger since 2006 then
— Shivam Manghnani (@shivamLM) April 21, 2016
The Emirates Stadium is half empty.
Arsène, it's over. You've lost the fans.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 21, 2016
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) April 21, 2016
Game on at the Emirates, the library is looking mighty empty. Will West Brom sneak a result?
— KICK (@KICK) April 21, 2016
Lots of empty seats tonight at The Emirates. This guy will be in his element: pic.twitter.com/aKQgpMR5YO
— Coral (@Coral) April 21, 2016
That. Is. Insane. pic.twitter.com/WvnVTdLk3L
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) April 21, 2016
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 21, 2016