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Wenger happy empty stands did not stop Arsenal turning on style

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Arsene Wenger insisted his Arsenal side were not affected by the half-empty Emirates Stadium as they romped to a 6-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

With Arsenal already guaranteed to top Group H, tens of thousands of supporters opted to stay away on Thursday night to leave a strong Gunners side to play out their final European match of 2017 in an eerily empty home ground.

Though official figures recorded 54,468 tickets sold it is understood that there were, in fact, fewer than 30,000 supporters in the ground but Wenger insisted a ground that was less than half-full had no impact on his side.

“No it didn’t seem strange,” Wenger said. “You forget about that once you’re on the pitch.

“It’s true that you prefer the ground to be full but tonight was not a lot at stake on a competitive side. No matter how many sit in the stands you have to give them what they expect. That’s what the players did.

Asked by Standard Sport whether those who opted not to brave the December chill would regret their decision Wenger said: “You…



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