Arsenal’s ‘f****** s***’ song among chants as fans celebrate Emirates return

Arsenal fans joked at the lack of away support in a series of humorous chants during their eventual Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

A total of 2000 home supporters were welcomed back to the Emirates as the Gunners secured a 4-1 triumph thanks to Alexandre Lacazette, Pablo Mari, Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe.

It had been an agonising 271 days since Arsenal fans were last able to watch their side play in the flesh in north London – and their relief was there for all to hear.

The loyal followers were in fine voice despite their limited numbers, at one point even joking that they were left underwhelmed by the non-existent away support of the Austrian Bundesliga runners-up.

As well as singing ‘your support is f****** s***’, ‘you're not singing anymore’ could be heard around the stadium after the home side made the scoreline 3-0 before the break.

One spectator was even able to show a ‘bring back Mesut’ sign as Mesut Ozil remains sidelined.

"I'm delighted to have them back," Arteta said after their win. "They made a huge contribution. There was only 2,000 but it felt and sounded like a lot more.

"They were very supportive and encouraging to the team and the players have been saying what a huge difference it made. They felt that support."

Speaking to BT Sport , Ainsley Maitland-Niles said of the fans: "We said before the game we would just have fun and enjoy the game, enjoy the moment and have a good feel for it and we did that and executed it brilliantly.

"We've waited a long time [for the return of fans], it's a great feeling to have them back.

“It was only a few thousand tonight but we hope more will come eventually it's just great to have that sound back and have our 12th man back.”

Arsenal are now tasked with carrying their faultless European form back into domestic competition when they take on Premier League leaders Tottenham on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho’s men were also in Europa League action this week as they slipped to a 3-3 draw against LASK – and Arteta is desperate to prove a point against their greatest rivals.

He added: ”We have been really consistent in this competition. The boys have done great.

“There was a lot of energy, character and aggression. They were hurt from the last defeat and played a really good game.

"Let's take that into Sunday's game at Tottenham and do it again."

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