sport news Arsene Wenger hoping Europa League progress will win back unsettled Arsenal ...

First it was the Beast from the East, then Mother's Day, and on Sunday it was the turn of the Easter Bunny.

After Arsenal supporters voted with their feet for home Premier League fixtures against Manchester City and Watford, apathy again reigned at the Emirates Stadium. The explanation was not convincing.

'It is explicable by the fact it is Easter, a family happening,' manager Arsene Wenger said. 'We're not going for a lot in the Premier League in people's minds. We had a break, the last two or three weeks we faced that problem.' 

Arsene Wenger is positive that Arsenal supporters will return for their Europa League match

Arsene Wenger is positive that Arsenal supporters will return for their Europa League match

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A club official trundled around in the second half to report that more than 59,000 tickets were sold but he was not fooling anybody; most neutral observers estimated there were at least 10,000 fewer spectators in the stadium.

Wenger's conclusion that Arsenal supporters are experiencing a religious reawakening is not credible. Instead, it is increasingly clear that supporters are expressing their discontent at the club's malaise in the most direct manner.

It was the same against Manchester City in the snow and against Watford on Mother's Day. Yes, fans must fight the elements and balance social lives,

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