The former striker expressed admiration for the supporters who chose not to attend the Gunners’ second-last home game of the 2017-18 season
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has backed Gunners fans for ‘voting with their feet’ and boycotting the club’s game against Sunderland.
The attendance at the Emirates was significantly lower than usual for the game against the Black Cats, plenty of empty seats visible at the 60,000-seater stadium.
Large numbers of supporters opted not to attend the game in protest at the running of the north London club, who could finish the season without securing Champions League football for next year.
As uncertainty looms over the future of the club, Wright, who won the Premier League and two FA Cups with Arsenal, said that he was pleased with the fans’ action.
“What Arsenal fans have been through in the last 20 years and in the last 10 in particular is mediocrity,” the former striker told BBC Radio Five Live. “They have been through that and they’re used to more than that.
“But they’ve taken it because they believe that something will happen and that something will change.
“It hasn’t happened and now what we’re seeing is almost a civil war amongst Arsenal fans; you’ve got the ‘Wenger Ins’ and the ‘Wenger Outs’.”
Wright continued: “The fact is, Arsenal don’t know where they are in respect of the fans and what they feel right now.
“They want success and they can’t see it coming. They’re not hearing anything from the board, they’re not hearing anything from the manager and they’re just there, paying the money.
“And I was delighted to see so many of them not turn up the other day. I was quite pleased with that because you’ve got to vote with your feet.
“They’ve got no choice at Arsenal because this is all they’ve left them now: to not go.
“They’ve got to show how much disdain they hold the whole situation in right now.
“They’re doing the right thing Arsenal fans. They’ve got to vote with their feet.”
Arsenal must win their final game of the season against Everton on Sunday and hope that Liverpool fail to defeat Middlesbrough if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.