Arsenal supporters could be thought of as paranoid, because a great many believe that there is a collective conspiracy when it comes to their club.
In the Europa league, Arsenal lost their home advantage in the second leg against Napoli because Chelsea are playing Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge and as a result, the fixtures have been reversed, with the gunners now facing a tough test away in the Stadio San Paolo.
This is because the police can not provide a presence at the two games on consecutive days, So UEFA gave Chelsea the advantage due to a domestic cup win.
Emery’s men will now have to ensure that they take control of the fixture at the Emirates, before heading to Italy. It’s a decision that has left fans fuming because it means another change to travel plans which ultimately costs money.
In some cases fans have been charged for cancelling their bookings and have had to pay a second time for their travel arrangements.
This was also the case with the home tie against Rennes which was due to take place on March 7th but which was changed about an hour after the draw, throwing supporters plans into chaos. Yet Arsenal registered no objection or complaint and left fans to pick up the bill.
Arsenal’s first leg against Rennes at the Stade de la Route-de-Lorient kicked off at 5.55pm which meant a phone call to announce an unexplained illness or a favour from an understanding boss.
However, excuses and money can be exhausted and if you are an Arsenal fan, you have probably run short of both.
April also sees Arsenal play three of their remaining fixtures on a Monday at 8pm which is inconvenient to say the least.
Most normal people are recovering from the excesses of the weekend , so a late night in North London is hardly the best way to start the week.
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Then there’s the disparity in justice for Arsenal.
Lucas Torreira was given a straight red card against Spurs at Wembley, for a tackle in which he followed through on Danny Rose.
However, Danny Rose had thrown caution to the wind earlier in the match as he lunged towards Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal during the game vs Spurs, connecting with the keepers ribs and stomach but he only got a yellow.
It’s things like this that tend to make gooners wonder if there is some sort of campaign against them and these types of decisions give that theory credibility.
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