With Arsenal facing Dinamo Zagreb in a crucial Champions League clash at the Emirates tonight, you’d expect a full house and a pulsating atmosphere.
However, that couldn’t be further from the reality faced by Arsene Wenger and his team.
Yes, with the Gunners holding a 2-0 advantage over their Croatian opponents thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil attention soon turned to why there were so many empty seats in the stadium.
Had the fans already given up hope of qualifying for the next stage of the competition after losing to both Zagreb and Olympiakos?
Are stringent security measures keeping the fans away from watching their team following recent terror threats?
Or maybe Arsenal supporters were sat at home watching Bayern Munich’s match against Olympiakos, knowing a draw in that game would end their Champions League adventure and render their own result as pointless.
It’s unclear exactly why the Emirates is so empty tonight but the fans were more than willing to speculate on Twitter:
Not sure I've ever seen the Emirates this empty at kick off. Spooky
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) November 24, 2015
@barneyronay everyone is queing outside apparently
— Alex (@ChamakMyBitchUp) November 24, 2015
@barneyronay I blame Gazprom
— ulto ryan (@ultoryan) November 24, 2015
@barneyronay maybe they've just started leaving even earlier i.e before the game starts. Great way to beat congestion.
— Steven (@Duane_Pipey) November 24, 2015
@George_Arsenal these players don't deserve the empty seats at Emirates today …really sad
— LeProfessor (@ayemsid) November 24, 2015
— Fifthcolumnblue (@Fifthcolumnblue) November 24, 2015
Emirates is half empty and it's not even the 80th minute! This is a big game for them. Disgraceful support. pic.twitter.com/rMpJLmM5of
— ✘ (@TurnLikeHazard) November 24, 2015
— Scott Smith (@scotty_smit) November 24, 2015
Emirates being half empty isn't a surprise. The cost of tickets there is an absolute disgrace.
— AP (@AP_FPL) November 24, 2015
The Emirates half empty at kick off. I thought only Moyes aspired to be like City.
— Keith Russell (@Keith_Russell) November 24, 2015