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'Masterchef? That's a good reason': Wenger urges Arsenal fans to return after no-show

There were thousands of empty seats at the Emirates Stadium last night.

The visit of West Brom wasn't a big attraction.
The visit of West Brom wasn't a big attraction.
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ARSENE WENGER SAYS Arsenal fans should have no issue with the quality of product his team give at the Emirates Stadium after Thursday’s 2-0 win over West Brom.

Arsenal played well in front of a reduced crowd at home as supporters grow disillusioned with Wenger’s inability to deliver a credible Premier League title challenge.

The official attendance was given as 59,968 but the number of supporters who turned up was far fewer.

And the French manager has implored those who abstained to return.

“To come and support the team. If you love football, you go out there and I think you see quality football,” he said. “That’s what we try to give to our people.”

Wenger said given the match was played on a Thursday, other factors may have impacted the attendance – including Masterchef.

“It was a special night as well, Thursday night, and I don’t know if you are intelligent enough, nor am I, to detect exactly why everybody that did not turn up tonight did not turn up,” he said.

“I believe we dominated from the start to the last minute and in fact, [that] was what we did against Crystal Palace. Overall I believe the quality of our game was very good. Maybe, we could have scored more goals.

“That is the only thing you could say tonight. We didn’t concede and couldn’t finish the game off the way we wanted.”

One journalist then suggested that Masterchef proved to be more of a lure for Arsenal fans, and Wenger didn’t disagree.

“That’s a good reason maybe,” he replied. “Why not?”

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