A few of those players were trying to raise the atmosphere with fist pumps to the Gooners in the lower tier.
Especially Oleksandr Zinchenko, who incidentally was my man of the match after a tricky period of form. The incredible atmosphere from last season has not been replicated.
Some people have cited the ballot, but let’s keep in mind that it only accounts for about 5% of the total capacity. I’d actually go as far as to say that the increased number of tickets being placed on the ticket exchange has ensured more people are picking up spares there. The demand on season ticket holders to ‘use it or lose it’ means that more are now placing tickets on the exchange rather than leaving them empty for category ‘c’ games like Burnley.
You’d think that would help fill up the crowd, but there seems to be an increased number of day trippers or tourists obtaining these seats.
There’s nothing wrong with this in principal as we look to grow out global fanbase, but those people are unlikely to be making much noise.
We can all do our part by staying till the end and let’s keep singing. It might catch on.