EPL 2011/2012: Arshavin Assaulted by Arsenal Fans Frustrations

Hasmat MustunCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal looks on dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's defeat to Manchester United was highlighted by the fans angry reaction. They jeered towards Arsene Wenger, and especially Andrei Arshavin who has come under intense criticism from fans and pundits.

The fans who "booed" Arsene Wenger are a disgrace to Arsenal FC. When the team is down, the fans hardly ever get behind the team, as it's always silent at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal manager over a decade, he knows more about football than the average football fan.

Chamberlain may be having the best Premier league debut against United, and Arsenal's most threatening player. But the boss is the boss, and who are we to argue against someone who has football knowledge and experience like Arsene Wenger?

The fans have the right to boo and show their feelings. But chants such as "You don't know what you're doing" is a step too far. Have some respect for a manager which had to pick up his team from being one place above the relegation zone, to challenging for a Champions League spot. After the start of the season, nobody gave Arsenal a chance to be in the top four. 

Arshavin comes on to a chorus of boo's. A player who is lacking confidence is getting jeered by his own fans. That's the way to boost their confidence! This was like Eboue all over again. And to top it all off everybody blamed the Russian for the second goal.

How about the fact Arsenal have no full backs due to injury. United threatened Arsenal throughout the first half from attacking from the sides. United could have been four nil up at half time. The second goal came about when Vermaelen was too far away from Valencia.

Arsenal have a shocking defence and are lacking the basic fundamental. Nobody in the back four stays in the right position when Arsenal doesn't have the ball. Koscielny was the best player by a long mile. He was the only one you can say has been consistent. And Kosciely received a huge amount of criticism last season.

Arshavin may have had a fantastic start to his career, scoring four goals against Liverpool. He scored the winner against Barcelona last season. It is unfair to blame a player who has been forced to play in the wrong position. Arshavin's best position is just behind the striker and give him license to roam free. He is a playmaker, not a winger!

Time for the fans to show real support for the team. You win as a team and lose as a team, time for the fans to be part of the team and do their part properly.