The Gooner Survey 2019 Results – Part Three

Wrapping up our end of season survey with questions on the fans’ experience

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Top row - Gooner covers 272, 273, 274. Bottom - 275, 276, 277 (see end questions)

To finish our series, here’s the final part of our results from this summer’s end of season Gooner survey.

What do you think of the atmosphere at the Emirates?
59% - Not great but same as any other Premier League ground today
35% - Worse than some other Premier League grounds
6% - Good

It’s no secret that the atmosphere at the Emirates is not electric every week but for the bigger games this season the ground has been rocking at times. Generally though, you’d think many of the crowd were doing some horse racing betting on their mobile phones instead of watching a football match. Having said that, the atmosphere at the Emirates is probably no different to that at other Premier League stadiums. The amount of tourists that the Premier League attracts doesn't do the atmosphere anywhere any favours.

How do you feel about playing home matches on Thursdays and Sunday/Mondays with the club’s Europa League involvement?
77% - Don’t like it, prefer Tues/Weds midweek and more Saturday matches
23% - It’s fine, no problem
I am not shocked to see that most fans do not like Arsenal playing on a Thursday and then a Sunday/Monday. It constantly means that they are playing catch up on other teams in the League, putting more pressure on the team to get the result. It is also not ideal for fans who have to go to work on Mondays.

Assuming Arsenal play weakened teams (similar to League Cup line-ups) during the group stage of the Europa League pre-Xmas, which of the following apply to you?
39% - I am not a season ticket holder or silver/red member anyway
18% - I am a silver or red member and will probably give them a miss
17% - I am a season ticket holder and will go to the games
16% - I am a season ticket holder but will probably give them a miss
10% - I am a silver or red member and will go to the games
I think it has been quite evident that most fans are not bothered about the Europa League Group Stage matches and this is shown by the huge amount of empty seats. The poor opposition along with the fact that Arsenal often plays a weakened team, is just not appealing to fans. Of the 61% of fans that could get tickets, approximately 40% would attend, and of the season ticket holders who had no choice but to pay for their seats, almost half won’t bother to use them. Thursday nights against teams hardly anyone has heard of are a hard sell.

If Arsenal were to progress to the knockout stage of the Europa League, what policy do you think Unai Emery should take?
71% - Play stronger teams in the hope of winning the trophy and qualifying for Champions League
29% - Continue to play weakened teams so that the Premier League campaign is not affected
This is an interesting statistic, as Unai Emery did seem to place more importance on the Europa League than might have been expected. It is a difficult decision but I think it is a safer option to focus on the League as the Europa League is a knockout competition and anything can happen.

Do you look at your phone during matches when you are at the stadium?
61% - No
39% - Yes
Interesting to see that 39% of people look at their phone during a match. There is no problem if you occasionally look at your phone during a match but if someone is constantly on it, I think they should give their ticket to someone who genuinely wants to watch the game.

If yes, have you in the past season ever missed seeing a goal / big chance / bad foul due to looking at your phone instead of watching the game?
89% - No
11% - Yes

Would you like free wifi to be introduced to the Emirates, as it is at Manchester City’s stadium?
67% - Yes
33% - No
I think it would be beneficial as it is almost impossible to get service at the Emirates. However, it may lead to a higher proportion of fans paying more attention to their phone than the match.

Do you think fans should take pictures/videos during a game?
55% - No, live in the moment
45% - Yes, it does not matter
It is frustrating to see so many cameras and phones recording certain moments in a match, for example penalty kicks. Not only does it restrict the view of others, I believe it also ruins the moment a little bit as fans are more focused on getting a good photo/video than actually celebrating the goal.

What has been the best atmosphere at a game this season (home or away)?
1. Arsenal v Tottenham (4-2)
2. Valencia v Arsenal (2-4)
3. Arsenal v Chelsea (2-0)
4. Fulham v Arsenal (1-5)
As I mentioned previously, the atmosphere at some games this season has been very good. The 4-2 victory against Tottenham is a prime example of this. The fans constantly got behind the team which transmitted to the players who felt it and responded in the best way possible. Last year’s North London Derby felt like a proper derby, as the players seemed to care as much as the fans did.

Who have been the best opposition fans this season?
1. Liverpool
2. Crystal Palace
3. Rennes
4. Napoli
5. Newcastle
6. Wolves
No real surprises here, as it seems to be the same teams every year that create a good atmosphere in the away section at the Emirates.

What’s your favourite matchday pub?
1. The Tollington
2. The Rocket
3. Twelve Pins
4. The Gunners Pub
5. The Coronet

Do you watch Arsenal Fan TV?
44% - Never have done
26% - Occasionally
19% - ?Used to but not any more
11% - Frequently
Arsenal Fan TV is like marmite for Arsenal fans, you either love them or hate them. No matter your opinion on them, it is quite impressive to see what they have created and to hit 1 million subscribers on YouTube is not easy, so fair play to them. I’d conclude from the survey that we don’t have the same audience, and certainly theirs is bigger than The Gooner’s!

Do you ever watch Arsenal Vloggers (Video Logs where Arsenal fans talk straight to camera)?
73% - No
17% - Watched a few, but got bored
10% - Yes, regularly
There are plenty of Arsenal Vloggers on Youtube that often bring in high amounts of views. Personally, it is not my thing but I can see why people watch them.

Did you attend the Europa League Final?
95% - No
5% - Yes
No surprises at all with this one. The Europa League final was in a stupid location that was just too expensive and difficult for the majority of fans to get to.

If no, what was the primary reason you did not attend?
66% - Travel and accommodation was too expensive
10% - Could not find suitable flights and accommodation
With direct flights from London to Baku costing more than £1000 and connecting flights costing more than £700, it came as no surprise to see the lack of Arsenal fans attending the final.

What has been your favourite Gooner front cover this season?
29% - 277
25% - 276
19% - 272
11% - 274
10% - 273
6% - 275

What has been your least favourite Gooner front cover this season?
26% - 274
18% - 276
17% - 277
15% - 275
13% - 272
12% - 273

That’s your lot for this year! Thanks to all those who voted. (Ed's note - and many thanks to Jamie Chalkley for his work setting up the survey this year as well as collating and commenting on the results)

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  1. ArsenalMagna

    Jul 14, 2019, 14:58 #114370

    Totally agree with you Ron re: using youth players, ditching the EL and League cup. Likewise, whilst I do think Kosc. could have done better in a more advanced defensive system, he was always pretty overrated - weak in the air for one thing. However, if we cave in to his childish behaviour it would set a terrible precedent and we would gain nothing in return. As it stands, Kosc. either has to pay Arsenal £5m c. to pay out the rest of his contract, the French teams interested in him have to pay us a fee (even a few million quid would be helpful in the circumstances) which they probably told him he would get, or he stays and has to put in a few decent shifts for us as back up CB - otherwise we let him rot in the reserves and deny him the extra cash he's so greedily trying to grab. I'm happier with all those outcomes!

  2. itsRonagain2

    Jul 14, 2019, 12:18 #114369

    Re contracts. A good case at Arsenal for zero hours this last dozen yrs. Getting them on the pitch has been an issue there for years. As for that Turkey Koscheilny the club need to do something bold for once and just get rid. Tear up the contract. He s crap and always has been. Any fee would be nominal for him. This whole Kos /mertersacher era can t end soon enough. Get shot of him and end it. Bring the kids in if they’re spending no money. It truly doesn’t matter if they slip towards middle table as long as the club starts to mean something again and puts teams out that will fight hard and do it’s best for the badge. Bring them in, abort the EL in the first round, the League Cup as well. Just focus on doing as well as possible in the league and the FAC. The club needs to admit what it’s become and stop taking the piss by pretending they think big and want top 4/ titles etc. It’s caught in an identity crisis and meanders along in a fog with no real direction because it won’t admit to itself that it’s effectively dropped out as an intending challenger.

  3. itsRonagain2

    Jul 14, 2019, 12:18 #114368

    Re contracts. A good case at Arsenal for zero hours this last dozen yrs. Getting them on the pitch has been an issue there for years. As for that Turkey Koscheilny the club need to do something bold for once and just get rid. Tear up the contract. He s crap and always has been. Any fee would be nominal for him. This whole Kos /mertersacher era can t end soon enough. Get shot of him and end it. Bring the kids in if they’re spending no money. It truly doesn’t matter if they slip towards middle table as long as the club starts to mean something again and puts teams out that will fight hard and do it’s best for the badge. Bring them in, abort the EL in the first round, the League Cup as well. Just focus on doing as well as possible in the league and the FAC. The club needs to admit what it’s become and stop taking the piss by pretending they think big and want top 4/ titles etc. It’s caught in an identity crisis and meanders along in a fog with no real direction because it won’t admit to itself that it’s effectively dropped out as an intending challenger.

  4. markymark

    Jul 14, 2019, 09:06 #114367

    Don Howe - let’s start with the agents , licence to print money and financially advantageous to disrupt contracts. Probably banning contracts over 2 years for upper echelon clubs could be radical. It might ?!? help reduce mental transfer fees

  5. andy1886

    Jul 14, 2019, 09:02 #114366

    Latest on Kos' deal is that it was front loaded - he got a higher wage for 2 years followed by a lesser one for the third year. So he gladly took the big money (rumoured £120k a week) and tried to weasel out of the deal when his wages dropped. Which makes him a prime greedy c*nt. Personally I would tell him he can go (sadly this is a no-win situation for the club) but in effect he'll be sacked with immediate effect and that's how it will be played out.

  6. Don Howe

    Jul 14, 2019, 04:40 #114365

    I had not appreciated that he wanted to go without a transfer fee. No. No is fine but get on and do a deal. Transfer fee or stay for another and disciplinary if he doesn’t play. More widely the clubs have to get together and devise a policy on player wages, selection transfer and discipline. If that can’t work because of Bosman, well we are leaving the EU and when that happens we can start to overturn lunatic ECJ decisions. We either get to grips with player power or watch it destroy the game. I don’t actually mind the premier league being destroyed because it’s desperately tedious despite some brilliant players. What most of us actually want is players who make an effort. That’s why I so despise Ozil and want him gone.

  7. CORNISH GOONER

    Jul 12, 2019, 18:35 #114364

    Has Arsenal FC ever been more disfunctional? A "big" Club acting like paupers & becoming a global joke. Well done Stanley. Why should any talent with ambition want to join us?

  8. Pauljames

    Jul 12, 2019, 16:29 #114363

    Magna : We have a transfer policy ? If we do I’d like to know what it is.

  9. ArsenalMagna

    Jul 12, 2019, 15:06 #114362

    This Koscielny situation is part of a worrying new trend football to honest. That problem, namely, is players at their peak or towards the end of their careers caring about only grabbing as much cash as possible. This new trend of giving players huge sign on fees or wages (Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez et al.) in lieu of transfer fees and a normal salary is fanning the flames of the football financial arms race. It's why I'm not that eager for us to buy Brahimi, or Fraser for that matter. Why should Ozil or Mkhitaryan care about Arsenal's fate when they'll soon retire as multimillionaires? Just watch De Gea run down his contract and go to PSG for a £5 million sign on fee and £500,000 per week next year. In fact, that helps to explain, at least in part, United's malaise in general. All their players earn 200-350k per week even though they're bang average! Ron put it very well a while back: it used to be that if your main goal as a footballer was money (Michael Owen, anyone?), you had to work hard to get it. Now it's only players in the age 18-24 bracket who have to really try, maybe beyond that point if their contract is up soon and they're especially hungry for money. Oh and the cherry on top of all this is the fact that Arsenal's transfer policy is as pathetic as usual (looks like Saliba's been hijacked...)

  10. Exiled in Pt

    Jul 12, 2019, 13:04 #114361

    Don - the problem is he is asking to be released from his contract so he can go for no fee ! He has agreements with the clubs in France to sign as a free agent so he pockets a very nice signing on fee and our inept club get sweet FA for him !! So the so called club captain has as good as gone on strike to get his own way . Our club is owned and run by a complete bunch of c#*nts but on this one they are right to say no to him . Sell him for a fee but none of the clubs he is talking to want to do that , so imo he does not deserve any respect , Fab and Persie went because of a lack of desire by the club and at least we got a fee for both players . All he is doing is lining his own pockets at the expense of the club that foolishly stood by him injury after injury shit performance after shit performance .

  11. Don Howe

    Jul 12, 2019, 08:28 #114360

    If he has a year on his contract then we will get money for him if he goes. He's only doing what the club should be doing ( ie selling) bearing in mind that he has now made it clear that he doesn't want another contract. He has fought hard for us and deserves some respect. Fabregas and Van Persie had the same argument with Arsenal which I am afraid has been run by morons for a good few years now. Those two wanted the defence strengthened and some investment. Gazidis and the Fraud didn't wish to know because of course they were always right. Arsenal management are a joke and all that we are seeing is players calling it as it is , and as we have all been saying for some time. Our management needs to do the deal rather than whinging, and start throwing elbows, starting with Ozil. Our only hope appears to be Freddie and Edu. We shall see.

  12. itsRonagain2

    Jul 11, 2019, 22:20 #114359

    A few nutters. I ll second that. Give us a few headcases instead of the feeble politically correct, footie is art, choir boys we ve had for more than 10 years all weaned on Wengo s football is philosophy bollocks.

  13. markymark

    Jul 11, 2019, 20:01 #114358

    Sokratis looks a bit of a nutter - on that basis he gets my vote for captain.

  14. Pauljames

    Jul 11, 2019, 18:40 #114357

    Think when we see Mustafi in the starting line up at Newcastle in a few weeks time we might all rather wish Kos was still around to be honest, but let’s wait and see . There’s always Chambers and Mavropanos I suppose. If Kos had Sol or T. A next to him rather than Silverstre, Mertesacker and Gabriel he may be getting a bit more respect.

  15. CORNISH GOONER

    Jul 11, 2019, 18:14 #114356

    Kos? Weak both mentally & physically imo. But then Arthur was brilliant at hoovering up this type of "talent" wasn't he? Loads of prima donnas like him to get shot of. I would like to see Sokratis as captain - not the greatest player but great attitude & definitely not the man to mess with. A Greek Tone perhaps?

  16. markymark

    Jul 11, 2019, 17:10 #114355

    PaulJames - Birmingham City , nothing heroic to redeem that, always seemed to be carried off when we were up against it and I heard yet another non talker when Captain so happy he’s gone. Interestingly Zaha is not in the Palace kit launch . He is away in the African Nations but so is Iwobi and he’s in our one. Might just be coincidence but you never know

  17. Pauljames

    Jul 11, 2019, 16:50 #114354

    Disagree with you chaps. Think Kos was a quality defender dragged down by the dross he’s had to play with at AFC. He won 50 odd France caps and would be a World Cup winner if it wasn’t for that injury in Madrid last year. Think the club should grant him a free transfer and say thanks for 9 years good service and 300 appearances. In the days when we had class that’s probably what we would have done.

  18. itsRonagain2

    Jul 11, 2019, 14:07 #114353

    The Kos thing seems to be symptomatic of what Arsenal have become. The players please themselves. Personally i can never see why many say hes been a good player. Always cowardly in my view. OK v weak forwards. Hes managed all these years only because he actually looks half decent some times vis the garbage hes had alongside him. His ability to walk off with the pained expression of an 'injury' in games where the team is being hammered or just under the cosh have been countless. A total fraud in my view.

  19. markymark

    Jul 11, 2019, 11:38 #114352

    Well done to Arsenal for putting a statement on the site condeming Laurent . He’s a greedy scrote who’s got told he’ll only get what he wants by free transfer. Set against this is a 34 year old who is shot. Put on the transfer list for nominal fee I’d say

  20. markymark

    Jul 11, 2019, 11:28 #114351

    Apologies as not really relevant to the article but I see Laurent has been a naughty boy and not travelled . Good , get rid I have very few good memories and some wretched memories of his contribution.