Arsenal fans could very well take a cue out of the Old Trafford protests on Sunday and demonstrate their own agendas in front of the Emirates Stadium this week.
The North London side are due to play in the Europa League semi-final this week against Villarreal and the second leg will be played at home.
The Man United fans staged large protests before the Liverpool game and some of them even managed to invade the Old Trafford pitch. And according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, a similar incident could force Thursday’s Europa League game to be abandoned.
“I hope not but it could happen,” he told Football Insider. “I thought what happened at the weekend was absolutely disgusting, to be honest.
“If any of the Arsenal fans are thinking of doing it, I’d tell them to knock it on the head. They’re not happy about the owners of the club, I get it. But that doesn’t mean you can go around wrecking and vandalising things, causing danger and harm.
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“It’s not nice. If the club owners want to sell up, that’s down to them. They own the club and it’s down to them at the end of the day.”
Like the Manchester United fans, the Arsenal fans are also angry with their current owners KSE and they had already demonstrated protests outside the Emirates a few days back.
And no one can be certain that an escalated version of the same isn’t going to happen on Thursday.
The Man United fans chose Sunday’s league match because they did not have too much to earn from that game. But we have a feeling the Arsenal fans very well understand the gravitas of their Europa League clash.
Not only do their next season’s fate depends on this one game but if an Old Trafford style protest were to happen at the Arsenal home ground on Thursday then the Premier League club could face heavy sanctions from UEFA.