Arsenal look to be in line for their 12th-straight top-four finish in the Premier League, a great mark of consistency in an unpredictable league.
Unfortunately, the Gunners have not won the title since 2004 and supporters are fed up with the club’s complacent attitude.
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At next weekend’s match against Norwich City, Arsenal supporters’ groups are planning a mass protest, printing out thousands of signs that read “Time for Change: Arsenal is stale, Fresh approach needed.” These signs will be held up in the 12th and 78th minutes, representing the 12 years since Arsenal won the league.
Below are statements released from two groups that are organizing the protest.
From The Black Scarf Movement: The current season has been one of massive disappointment for Arsenal fans, with the campaign fizzling out in a depressingly limp fashion.
Over the past few years – massively so in recent months – increasing number of supporters have become fed up with the club.
From REDaction: We have an absentee owner who takes money from the club whilst not engaging with fans. We have a manager who won’t use the resources available to him, to strengthen a squad which everybody can see needs investment. Throw in some of the highest ticket prices in world football. And, all of the Groundhog seasons, where it’s clear that the fans’ ambitions are not matched by those in charge.
Fans have become increasingly upset as the club falters down the stretch, with many staying home for Arsenal’s match against West Brom last week. While some blame manager Arsene Wenger, others believe the board is focused more on the business side of things, rather than the football.