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Tough week for Gooners… and worst could be to come

Arsenal fans see their team miss out on Europa League trophy, as rivals Spurs prepare for Champions League final

31 May, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Arsenal fans watch the final in the Islington Bar and Grill

IF Tottenham win on Saturday then “football is finished”.

So said one of many distraught Arsenal fans on Wednesday night after their side were on the wrong end of a 4-1 thrashing against Chelsea in the Europa League final.

It was a view that was shared by many, as thousands of fans poured out of pubs across the borough with a bitter taste in their mouth.

Mark Layton, who watched the final in the Islington Bar and Grill in Holloway Road, said: “If Tottenham win on Saturday, for an Arsenal fan, it’s over. Football is finished.”

Arsenal’s north London rivals are due to play Liverpool in the Champions League final tomorrow (Saturday).

Arsenal fans Mark Hopson and Mark Nunn

Gunners season ticket holder Nathan Young said: “No matter what, Arsenal always seem to disappoint. Chelsea have done us 4-1, which kills me. I mean, I almost hate Chelsea more than I hate Tottenham. But if Tottenham win the Champions League, they are going to come to our ground and sing ‘Champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that’. That is going to hurt the most.”

Songs supporting Liverpool were bellowed out by scores of Arsenal fans as they streamed down Holloway Road.

James Nixon watched the game in the Rocket, in Holloway Road, with about 700 other supporters.

Gunners season ticket holder Nathan Young

He said: “There was a great atmosphere before kick-off and even after the first goal everyone was still up for it. But the third really killed the mood.”

Mark Nunn and Mark Hopson, who were born and brought up in the borough and went to Sacred Heart primary school together, were in a more philosophical mood.

Mr Nunn said: “You don’t expect to win everything, the ups and downs are fine. But it feels really depressing, especially with the current ownership structure, I don’t think the right culture is there.

“I feel more and more detached from football generally, the crazier the numbers get.”

“I am not one of those people who say, ‘oh, I wish someone would just inject hundreds of millions of pounds into the club’. Ethically I have issues with that.”

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