Liverpool fans showed their discontent with the club's ticket price increases by walking out of a Premier League game in February. Liverpool did a U-turn and rescinded most of the price increases.
Arsenal fans are showing their disapproval with the Gunners' current form by putting their season tickets for Thursday's game against West Brom up for resale. Will Arsenal respond and fire
long-time manager Arsene Wenger
More than 2,500 tickets were put up for sale on the club's ticket exchange, and it took the rare step of making several hundred tickets available
for general sale.
That's an extraordinary development as Arsenal led all clubs in the world
revenues with almost $146 million in 2015-16. It ranked seventh in average attendance behind only Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Schalke 04.
The Gunners were in first place in January but are now just fighting for a top four berth, hoping to keep their streak of 18 straight seasons in the Champions League alive. (One other streak
appears to be over: For the first time in 20 years, Arsenal will likely finish behind North London rival Tottenham.)
Fans booed the Gunners after their 1-1 tie with Crystal Palace at the
Emirates on Sunday. Manchester United's 2-0 win over Palace on Wednesday cut Arsenal's lead over fifth-place United to one point. The Gunners, who have a game in hand, trail third-place Manchester
City by one point heading into the rare Thursday match against 14th-place West Brom.
"Everybody is free to do what he wants with his season ticket," Wenger said on Wednesday. "we have to
live with that. It's a Thursday night, that's unusual. It's just [after] a disappointing result at home. Maybe that plays a part as well. I don't know."
Disappointment is nothing new for
Arsenal, which has not won the EPL championship since 2004 and hasn't finished in the top two since 2005, but Wenger is clinging to his job, which he's held for two decades. He acknowledged both the
Arsenal's current troubles -- it's won only five of 14 EPL games since the start of the year -- and the criticism he's received.
"I want our
fans to be happy," Wenger said. "And, of course, when they are not, it affects me. You do not want to play in a negative environment. And if we do, we can still perform.
responsible for the performance of our team. It is true that at the moment it's not on a highlight. But we have to take a distance to that. And I hope in the next years Arsenal will always play in the
top three, and hopefully people will not be disenchanted."