Over half of all Arsenal fans questioned believe moving to the Emirates Stadium to be a step in the right direction and over one-third consider Arsene Wenger to be the perfect candidate to lead the Gunners this season, as evaluated in the Sports Bulletin 2012/13 fan poll.
At the half-way point of the Premier League season Sports Bulletin got amongst the fans to find out how today’s Arsenal team is perceived in comparison to its predecessors, the following answers are taken from the responses of 2,000 participants.
When asked if moving to the Emirates Stadium was a positive step over half of participants answered yes, one-third chose to disagree and the remaining 16% were unsure of the effects of relocating.
The greatest modern victory at the Emirates Stadium as nominated by the fans is Arsenal’s 2-1 triumph over Barcelona in the 2012/11 Champions League, which collected almost half of the votes. Arsenal’s 5-2 demolition job over Tottenham proved second highest with just less than one-third of the votes, ahead of Arsenal’s win over Porto in 2009/10.
No surprises came from the reactions for Arsenal’s greatest modern striker, as expected Thierry Henry romped home with 63%, some way ahead of ex-captain Robin Van Persie on 20%, followed by fellow Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp with 13%. Highbury legend Ian Wright managed just a 4% slice of the voting.
When asked which exit transfer hurt the most fans were unanimous in positioning Thierry Henry as first choice. Henry collected just over half of the votes, with Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Patrick Vieira taking the next three spots respectively.
A changing of the guard has dislodged Tottenham Hotspur from enemy number one fifth in the league of Arsenal’s fiercest rival team, earning just 8% of the total count. The choices were as follows: Chelsea (30%), trailed by Liverpool (22%), narrowly edging Manchester United (20%) and then Barcelona (16%). Man City were voted in sixth place (4%).
Half of Arsenal fans are in tune with Arsene Wenger’s theory that finishing in the top four is the principal aim of the 2012/13 campaign, before domestic or European glory. 50% believed this to be the case whereas only 16% voted Arsenal’s top priority this season to be winning the Premier League.
Almost half of those asked were not convinced that Steve Bould will add value to Arsene Wenger, 45% agreed it was too early to judge if the former player is right for Arsenal. 39% of fans are behind Bould in his new role, twice the number of participants that voted against his introduction as Wenger’s number two.
The final question asked if Arsene Wenger should be sacked as Arsenal manager, and despite the internal turmoil and poor performances on the field the majority, over one-third, do not want him gone. One-fifth of votes called for Wenger to say at the club but under a different role, with marginally fewer voters preferring to see what happens at the end of the season before calling for his head.
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