‘The proper way to wear a face mask while watching Arsenal!’: One fan finds a new use for face masks at football… covering his eyes from seeing his team lose again, to the delight of TV viewers
One depressed Arsenal supporter found a new way to use his face-mask inside the Emirates on Sunday night as the Gunners slumped to a fourth straight home league defeat – by covering his eyes!
Arsenal’s rotten form at home continued as a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal consigned Mikel Arteta’s side to a 1-0 loss against Burnley, meaning they’ve lost four of their last five Premier League games.
Pressure is growing on manager Arteta and as 2,000 Arsenal fans entered the Emirates Stadium for the first time to watch their side in the league this season, by second-half stoppage-time one supporter had seen enough and opted to use his mask to cover his eyes, much to the amusement of viewers worldwide.
One Arsenal fan had seen enough as the Gunners headed towards another defeat at home
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s own goal handed Burnley all three points at the Emirates
With fans already leaving as another defeat loomed, this supporter delighted onlookers on social media too.
One user on Twitter said: ‘Definitely [an] advantage having a mask when watching Arsenal at the moment!,’ while another noted: ‘The best use of the face mask… to prevent covid and to watch Arsenal play… ‘
Another user quipped: ‘Think that picture of that Arsenal fan with his face mask over eyes sums up the state of that club at the moment.’
It was another difficult night for Arsenal at home, even with 2,000 fans in the stadium this time
The big flashpoint of the game on Sunday came just before the hour mark when a skirmish broke out between both sets of players after a foul on Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.
VAR replays showed Granit Xhaka had grabbed Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood by the throat in the melee that followed the foul.
A yellow card was initially awarded by referee Graham Scott before he went over to the pitchside monitor and overturned for a red.
Asked for his thoughts on Xhaka’s decision-making, a downbeat Arteta said: ‘Absolutely (unacceptable). He’s made a mistake, the dominance we had at that point.
Granit Xhaka received a red card after grabbing the throat of Burnley’s Ashley Westwood
The big flashpoint came just before the hour mark on Sunday when a skirmish broke out
‘It’s a game we clearly had to win but down to 10 men you give the opponent a chance.
‘Yes it is unacceptable to do that action but it is because they are so willing to do more, fight more, and on this occasion Granit overstepped the line. We cannot make that mistake because it’s the wrong approach for us.’
After 12 games, Arteta’s side are 15th in the table, just five points above the relegation zone – they welcome fourth-placed Southampton to the Emirates on Wednesday.