Danny Murphy believes Arsenal fans are so extreme in their support of the club because they are ‘desperately finding things to cling onto’.
The Gunners’ avid supporters have shared the spotlight with their under-performing team this season after a roller coaster start to the new campaign under Unai Emery.
Joining Wednesday’s Drivetime, former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy discussed Arsenal’s devoted fanbase with Adrian Durham.
And the talkSPORT host couldn’t resist a dig.
“The overreaction is phenomenal,” he said. “For example, at the start of the season Dani Ceballos had a good 45 minutes, all of a sudden he was the answer.
“Matteo Guendouzi has had a few good games and all of a sudden he’s ‘leading the midfield’ and they’re saying he should be captain.
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“The big one was Kieran Tierney. He hadn’t kicked a ball in the Premier League and some of the Arsenal fans who work here had him in the Premier League best XI!”
But Murphy believes Arsenal fans’ extreme reactions come down to a ‘desperate’ hope of returning to their glory days under Arsene Wenger in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Although he did admit he found their claims about the summer transfer window completely baffling.
“It’s desperate isn’t it,” the pundit added. “It’s when fans desperately want things to change and want to see better.
“We can’t generalise all Arsenal supporters, there are some very intelligent Arsenal supporters, but I do think they are desperately trying to find things to cling onto.
“After the summer, some Arsenal fans were saying they had an amazing window. Really? You signed David Luiz!
“You spent a fortune on a winger [Nicolas Pepe] who is unproven in the Premier League; he might be alright, we’ll have to wait and see, but did you need one?
“They could have built their team around [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette, two of the best forwards in the league, and used that money to get some defenders in.”