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Emirates Atmosphere…Who Put The Crowd On Mute?!

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Well someone had to say it and I just could not control myself anymore. We really played well against Wigan on Saturday and we deserved all 3 points. But did you see anybody in the stadium?

I mean where the hell was the crowd?? Where? Whenever we got the ball for an attack or even defended well I never heard anything from the crowd. Now I saw the same match against Leeds at Elland road, and that my friend was a crowd. I literally had to keep the volume on 1! Here’s what Simon Grayson said about the crowd at Elland Road:

“The atmosphere was unbelievable and the national media who were there understand what we are all about if they didn’t know already.

“You could feel the buzz at 5.30pm and I’m very proud of what the supporters have done for the football club.”

Now it’s not that the crowd at the Emirates is bad in anyway, but they pay exuberant prices for tickets, and yet they don’t make most of it. Why? All I heard was the occasional clapping, and ohhhh’s when someone screwed up.

Your team plays some of the best football in the world, so get behind them and run the opposing team’s morale down. The crowds purpose is not to sit and watch a match in the stadium. Their purpose is to cheer when we play well, and boo when the opposition gets the ball. And do it LOUDLY! They say that we model our game according to Barcelona. Well, why don’ t we model our crowd according to them also. I mean seriously, have you seen the atmosphere in the Nou Camp? That my friend is a stadium and a crowd. If Barca attack they cheer, and if their opposition gets the ball they boo so badly that it will make you wish you were never there. You won’t even feel like playing.

Its like even if the crowd was not there at the Emirates, it would not have made much difference. And its even more shocking to note that when we DON’T play well, the crowd seem to be on the players backs. Suddenly they find their damn voices! Eboue was booed off at the Emirates, and even Arshavin got the rough treatment when we faced Leeds. They even stared leaving the stadium when United were beating us 3-1 in the Champions League.

Come on people! You have the privilege to go to one of the best stadiums in the world, so make the best of it. Put yourself in the positions of the players. Wouldn’t you like it if the crowd got behind your every move, and cheered you for everything? You also have responsibilities so the when we face Ipswich please show it.





  1. Bohos

    January 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Totally agree with you. I am an Arsenal supporter from Bulgaria, and had the chance to go to the Man Utd game at home last season.
    I was really disappointed with the atmosphere, instead of cheering our team on most heads dropped down at 0-1.
    I was shouting like crazy but when nobody around you picks it up you kind of stay quiet too. I have heard that the support at away matches is much better.

  2. Kees

    January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Is it not possible that as supporters we now feel that we’ve seen this all before. I’m a Gunner for Life and even I (watching it on the telly) didn’t have the same gusto I normally have.

    We’ve had more dissappointments in past few years than anyone else. I’m sorry guys I’m just tired. My spirit is Tired.

    Gunner for life though!!!

  3. Paul

    January 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I totally agree with your comments and I get absolute dogs abuse if I stand up by fans that just want to sit there and do absolutely nothing for 90 minutes…..This is a football stadium….not a cinema!!

  4. arsenalbenelux

    January 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Our away supporters are much better, the problem is that the only chanting starts at block 6, and by the time it reaches the other end of the stadium, block 6 already stopped. More supporters need to take initiative without other supporters looking at him like ‘shut up i’m trying to watch the game’. Maybe a megaphone could do the job.

  5. DW

    January 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    As a South African Gooner, I have to say that I agree entirely with you and I am dissapionted that the fans that are able to go to the games are so subdued. I mean I would die for an oppertunity to go to a game would scream my lungs out and sing for the songs for Nasri Song and there must be one for the Dutchman RVP. So why are we just sitting back and letting the opposing team crowd rule our staduim with there nose??? let’s change this Gooners even if isnt normally in your nature to be loud, go out their and scream for your team, Lord knows the football they play deserves all the cheers.

  6. king gooner

    January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    the problem is that the working class johnnys can no longer either afford to go to every match or get tickets or sit together or stand & shout a t a match as the crowd now have a large influx of middle class “fans”who perhaps liken a visit to the emirates as the same as a trip to the theatre & clearly don’t have the same passion or loyalties.?singing areas need to be extended & the stewards warned not to be so pc!

  7. Pete The First

    January 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    No news today?

    I’ve been to the Nou Camp a few times, once to watch Arsenal, another time when I was holidaying. The atmosphere is non-existent. The biggest noise is the unwrapping of the half time food.

    My guess is you view both stadiums on TV. Use the volume button if you want more noise.

    Not sure the ticket prices are exhuberant either?

  8. Serbian Gooner

    January 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Cheer God dammit!! Even if we’re 3-0 down against WBA at home CHEER!!
    You leave stadium 10min before end to avoid traffic??!!
    Why are you in a hurry on weekend??
    STAY the whole time and show your support!!
    How do you call yourselves Gooners after that!?!?!
    David Beckham showed more support than you agains Wigan…

  9. Scooter

    January 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Great article and something i full agree with! Countless times i have been stuck in the upper tiers amongst people who remain seated and silent for 90 minutes, whilst i am continually frowned at or told to sit down for supporting my team. I think something needs to be done at a higher level to build a buzz in the stadium

  10. Wxm

    January 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

    tickets are too expensive and hard to get for noise making punters . there is too much space between the pitch and the crowd especially behind the goal keepers .

    • jimmy

      January 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

      i agree, while our stadium looks great and has top class facilities, i kind of think the design hampers our ability to create a good atmosphere. if you look at stoke, newcastle and liverpools stadiums the crowd is right on top of the pitch and awesome noise can be made. but with our stadium we have those gaps behind the goal keepers (and for what purpose?). that affects our atmosphere alot i think. but all in all the crowd makes the noise, and if no1 wants to sing then we wont have a atmosphere! come on u gooners, make some noise!!!!

  11. nicky

    January 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I wonder if the Highbury Library has transferred to the Emirates due to
    apprehension. Examples like Wigan and Spurs, matches we were certain to win and didn’t, leave worrying scars in the minds of the attenders at home games. I may be wrong but to me as a fan for over 75years, I recall so many instances of disaster plucked from the jaws of victory that I’m never totally confident until the final whistle and we are a goal or goals up. In several matches lately, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, I’ve been convinced that it was only a question of time before the opposition scored. We were on top of the game, even, yet the feeling we were about to concede
    concede was frightenly apparent

  12. naijagunner

    January 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I am a Nigerian Gunner and was in the Emirates last year all the way from Lagos in Nigeria but was absolutely disappointed that I couldn’t shout nor stand. It seems like I was disturbing people in a library. The atmosphere need to be improved as it is absolutely non-existence. It is not good for the teams morale

  13. jon

    January 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

    wigan didnt really turn up, the game was never in doubt. Its a bit different than the leeds game which was basically the leeds fans biggest game of the season.

    I do agree the emirates can be quiet but during the chelsea game it was a lot louder…

  14. Amr

    January 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Well thats the fault of the club not the fans, the real supporters can’t afford to go to the matches and can’t even get tickets usually, the prices are now so high its basically turned into a corporate money making scheme, day out with the family etc. I myself can’t afford to go the matches anymore, from 1996-2005/6 i was there for almost 80% of home matches, but now it’s just too expensive, and the people who can afford it see it as a nice day out or a place to conduct business or whatever, the move to emirates made us loose our soul. Money>Soul/Fans…shame really, gooner till i die though.

  15. stopcomplaining

    January 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I can tell none of you have ever been before, to all you foreigners – we really dont care what you think…go support chelski or man ure i hear their crowds make mad noise…
    to all you locals, trust me the noise goes up when it needs to, and in the upper tier of the ground standing and singing is usually met by steward kindly asking you to leave the stadium, club level are mainly choking on their caviar and the lower tier is usually quite lively, especially the red action part. however they never put a microphone anywhere near the red action corner, where they are singing for 90 minutes, so its seems worse on tv. so why not get off your fat arses and go down there before you comment because to any proper fan that actually bothers you just sound like a bunch of retards.

  16. samuel

    January 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    The days of mainly standing at football games and slagging the opposition throughout the full 90 minutes plus are just about over,it,s 2011not 1991 the fans have progressed and don,t need to shout their lungs out for the whole game ,get with the times please ?

  17. Jimbob

    January 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with stopcomplaining, me and my pal go pretty regularly to the emirates, try to go as much as possible to show our support to the lads and we always sit right by the away fans in the lower tier. If you look around from there its a constant battle with the away supporters to make the most noise and everyone is having a go around that side. Dont criticise us if you don’t think we make enough noise if you are only watching it on the tv, i scream at the top of my lungs and come back with a sore throat.

  18. True Gooner

    January 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I was at the wigan match and where I was sitting we generated quite a lot of noise but it hardly ever spread around the stadium.

    It really pisses me off when I stand up and the fucking stewards tell me to sit down. I mean who the fuck are you I payed for my ticket so let me enjoy the match as I please, also you get the dickhead fans telling you to sit down because they can’t see. I mean if your going to sit down for 90mins watch the match on TV.
    I really wish that one day all these rich cunts who just stay quiet for 90mins stop going to matches and they leave to the real fans who make noise to turn up.

    I wish I could bring a megaphone to the much and tell anyone who tells me to sit down “Fuck Off You Cunt!” and hopefully start up some chants so the whole stadium starts singing.

    I’m going to the match on tuesday and I’m gonna scream my lungs out.
    If you see a black boy with a red & white scarf and a cesc fabregas shirt a grey hoody and a arsenal cap help me generate some noise.

  19. nicky

    January 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    A blog appears asking why the crowd was so quiet at the Wigan game.
    A few of us offer explanations as to the reason.

    And then we read an ignorant comment from Stopcomplaining, full of bigoted rubbish and bile, as one might expect from someone who can hardly string two or three words together sensibly. The fool thinks just because we live far away we are not allowed to comment on anything to do with Arsenal……..pillock!

  20. LeedsFan

    January 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I agree with the comments, I was at the Emirates for the Arsenal-Leeds game and when Fabregas scored you could see him gesturing at your fans to get off their arses and start chanting for the team, it must get to your players when all they can ever hear is the away team singing.

    I think there are too many middle-class kids going to the Emirates thesedays, so the atmosphere has become watered-down, hopefully this will never happen to Elland Road.

  21. stopcomplaining

    January 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    @Jimbob – Sorry, i forgot mention the fans next to the away fans corner, they are always giving the away fans plenty of shit and i know for a fact that the stewards there are total wankers and often try to kick them out for singing at the away fans.

    @nicky – lol? all i said is that we don’t care what you think. When you think about it, its our local team and most of us are supporters because it is the family tradition, you know the story ‘went first time to highbury with my dad when i was 5, and his dad took him when he was 5’ etc. so for someone who CHOSE to support Arsenal because they were winning things at the time to come and say we don’t ever sing is just insulting to the people who go down their and sing their hearts out week after week. It also just highlights that they have never been and just accept opinions from people like the author of this blog, who’s comments have clearly been mugged off here by the people who go to the games. So i stand by my statement – we don’t care what they think, if they don’t like it they have a choice of 19 other teams in the premier league to not go and watch.

  22. Fab4

    January 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Sorry, but to those of you saying ‘stop complaining’ and the like, i think your talking cr*p to be honest.

    I go to plenty of home games, and as many away games as i can and believe me, the atmosphere at the emirates 90% of the time isn’t good enough. Nobody is saying some supporters, like those saying they sing their hearts out every week, don’t make noise. The problem is its a minority and there is certainly not enough vocal support for the Arsenal while at home.

    The away fans are probably the best in the league, so if we could translate that to a 60,0000 home crowd we’d be laughing.

    As others have said, there are reasons for the quietness, mainly the crazy ‘policeman wannabee’ stewards who try to rule with an iron first. But you have to remember they are only following orders, so someone higher up has made the decision that standing and shouting isn’t allowed.

    So perhaps we need to go right to the top to solve this issue as im sure the fans are there and want to sing loudly every week, but many just dont for one reason or another.

  23. nicky

    January 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Arsenal are NOT purely a local team. Their fans are world-wide and would fill the Emirates many times over if only they were able to attend. I have supported Arsenal for over 75 years and apart from the WW2 years, have only been privileged to watch them twice. Nevertheless I am as entitled as you are to comment on ANY aspect of Arsenal’s business without being pilloried for doing so. Consider yourself very fortunate to be able to attend the Emirates whenever you choose to do so.


    January 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Exactly!!!. I am an arsenal fan and when i said that ” it a dream of every Arsenal Fan in India to see atleast one live match at emirates” and even i asked the fans to cheer up the team. I was abused by the so called English Arsenal fans that I jus support arsenal for fun and know nothing abt them. He doesnt need a Indian to cheer Arsenal. How rude..

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