Arsenal were booed off at the Emirates at half-time on Saturday afternoon, but did they deserve it?
Against the run of play, Arsenal went 1-0 down to Swansea in the 22nd minute on Saturday afternoon. Sam Clucas ran through on goal thanks to a pass from Tammy Abraham and made no mistake slotting it past Petr Cech.
Laurent Koscielny slipped over and the rest of the defence were dragging their heals.
It was the Swans’ first touch of the game inside the Gunners’ area and a prime example of the way Arsenal have been ‘defending’ this season.
As a result, the Gunners were booed off at half-time by their own fans. But did they deserve it?
This was the third time in the space of a week that Arsenal have had to fight back from going 1-0 down in the first half. However, the Gunners have now won 13 consecutive matches (12 at the time) over all competitions at the Emirates – the most they’ve ever managed since the move in 2006.
They’ve also scored 30 goals and only let in seven in that time.
Therefore, from a distance, it does look as if the Arsenal fans were being out of order by booing their own team off at half-time.
However, it’s easy to judge when you’re on the outside looking in. When you an Arsenal fan, it feels as if the future of the club hinges on every result and whenever the Gunners go a goal down through their own foolishness, Gooners are already expecting the worst. They’re on a hair-trigger.
While I personally wouldn’t have booed in that situation and agree that it was wrong to do so, it doesn’t surprise me. The Emirates is a cauldron of emotion this season. And it doesn’t take a lot to make it boil over.
Hopefully fans are able to take a step back if a similar situation arises in future and save their jeering until at least the final whistle…