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Premier League: The Angry Fans

Chelsea, Sunderland, Aston Villa, and Arsenal among the angriest

By | 11th December 2012
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In this second article in the series Premier League: The Happiest Fans, Premiership Talk collaborates with PowerTableSports.com to unveil the four teams with the angriest fans in the Premier League at the moment.

Factors determining PowerTable’s top four angriest fans include the team’s on-field performance (success, entertainment level), off-field performance, value for money (ticket prices, brand value), and organization.

Using the aforementioned factors, it was concluded that Chelsea has the angriest fans at the moment, with Sunderland, Aston Villa, and Arsenal following, in that order.

Chelsea unsurprisingly rank at the bottom because they have struggled to perform well in any of the four categories mentioned above to start the 2012-13 season.

The signings of some of the world’s most creative talent – Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses – has done little to make the Blues either more successful or more entertaining to watch compared to last season.

Off the field, controversies such as John Terry and John Obi Mikel’s lengthy suspensions have marred the team’s reputation and constant speculation surrounding the future of club legend Frank Lampard hasn’t helped either.

On top of that all, there is the sacking of fan favorite manager Roberto Di Matteo as the club went tumbling out of the Champions League.

As we all know by now, new interim boss Rafa Benitez has not won many admirers just yet; his history as Liverpool manager made him unwelcome to begin with but the fact that he has only picked up five out of a possible 12 points in his first four Premier League games in charge has not helped convince anyone either.

The Blues’ brand value and reputation as a top club was strengthened significantly following last season’s Champions League triumph but merely four months into the new season, Roman Abramovich’s empire has returned to its unstable ways with major work to do ahead.

Winning the FIFA World Club Cup would go a long way in restoring some order and momentum at Stamford Bridge but on the other hand, returning empty-handed from Japan would be an absolute disaster.

Sunderland have not given their fans anything to cheer about this season, either. Hardly ever has a Martin O’Neill team appeared so chaotic and clueless.

Sixteen matches into the Premier League season, they remain in the relegation zone and haven’t won since their 3-1 win away to Fulham on November 18.

All that can change with a win over Reading this evening but quite clearly, the Black Cats’ value has been deteriorating at a rapid pace and they must begin picking up points consistently to rescue this season.

Following Chelsea and Sunderland, the most angry bunch of supporters in the Premier League are the Aston Villa faithful.

The Villans have only picked up three wins in their opening 16 matches and although they are currently on a five-match unbeaten run since being hammered 5-0 by Manchester City last month, it remains to be seen how much longer they can maintain this consistency.

If they can beat in-form Norwich City at Carrow Road this evening, they will proceed to the semifinals of the League Cup, which would be a significant boost to their already improving confidence.

Manager Paul Lambert has had his share of troubles and to his credit, he has been able to patiently resolve some of them too. But a difficult fixture list awaits as they open December against a tricky trio of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur.

Given that they lie only two points clear of the relegation zone, Villa and their anxious supporters would be desperately hoping to avoid stumbling in the festive period. In these challenging circumstances, maintaining the current run of steady form would actually be deemed a huge bonus.

The last team whose fans end up in the category of PowerTable’s angry supporters is Arsenal. The Gunners’ presence in this category has been inevitable considering that they have been the personification of inconsistency this season.

Aside from Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, and Theo Walcott, no one in the squad has delivered a noteworthy performance on a consistent basis. Consequently, there seems to be very little stability in the team’s on-field displays.

Arsene Wenger’s men limped into the Champions League knock-out stage despite losing to Olympiakos on the last match-day and failing to beat Schalke on two different occasions.

While they did thoroughly enjoy beating 10-man Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at the Emirates Stadium last month, the rest of their November was a huge disappointment.

A draw away to Everton can be viewed as a point earned but the same cannot be said about draws against Fulham and Aston Villa. Then there was also the forgettable and highly uninspiring defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Manchester United.

In December, the Gunners managed to pick up their first win against West Bromwich Albion with a 2-0 scoreline but controversy surrounded both of the team’s penalties.

Cazorla, who won the first penalty by going down rather softly, has drawn severe criticism from around the football world and hostility towards the Spaniard won’t be decreasing anytime soon.

Furthermore, winning against the Baggies was barely a means of recovery following the shock 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea to open the month.

With Wenger’s side now 15 points off the Premier League summit and facing a tough group of competitors in the Champions League, success in cup competitions appears to be the key to ending a seven-year trophy drought.

Defeating Bradford and moving on to the semifinals of the League Cup by the end of tonight is absolutely mandatory if the Gunners are to restore some much-needed belief within their ardent fan base.

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  2. Humza Usman says:

    It is extremely understnandable why these four teams have the angriest fans at the moment. Aston Vill and Sunderland have not lived up to expectations and both might even get relegated at the end of the year. On the other hand, Chelsea and Arsenal have dissappointed even more. Arsenal are 10+ points off the top of the table and their chances of winning the title are all but over. Talking about titles, the best chance Arsenal had at winning one is now gone as well becuase today, they also crashed out of the Capital One Cup with a loss to Bradford. The Arsenal faithful will be even more mad after this. The team that has the angriest fans are Chelsea. They started the season great but ever since then, everything has gone downhill. Chelsea are still, somewhat in the title race by being 10 points off of the top. Rafa Benitez can make these fans happy by first, winning the FIFA World Club Cup and then the Europa League in Europe. Domestically, he can win the Capital One and FA Cup and make a threatening run at the Premier League. There are a long couple of months ahead for all these teams.It is extremely understnandable why these four teams have the angriest fans at the moment. Aston Vill and Sunderland have not lived up to expectations and both might even get relegated at the end of the year. On the other hand, Chelsea and Arsenal have dissappointed even more. Arsenal are 10+ points off the top of the table and their chances of winning the title are all but over. Talking about titles, the best chance Arsenal had at winning one is now gone as well becuase today, they also crashed out of the Capital One Cup with a loss to Bradford. The Arsenal faithful will be even more mad after this. The team that has the angriest fans are Chelsea. They started the season great but ever since then, everything has gone downhill. Chelsea are still, somewhat in the title race by being 10 points off of the top. Rafa Benitez can make these fans happy by first, winning the FIFA World Club Cup and then the Europa League in Europe. Domestically, he can win the Capital One and FA Cup and make a threatening run at the Premier League. There are a long couple of months ahead for all these teams.It is extremely understnandable why these four teams have the angriest fans at the moment. Aston Vill and Sunderland have not lived up to expectations and both might even get relegated at the end of the year. On the other hand, Chelsea and Arsenal have dissappointed even more. Arsenal are 10+ points off the top of the table and their chances of winning the title are all but over. Talking about titles, the best chance Arsenal had at winning one is now gone as well becuase today, they also crashed out of the Capital One Cup with a loss to Bradford. The Arsenal faithful will be even more mad after this. The team that has the angriest fans are Chelsea. They started the season great but ever since then, everything has gone downhill. Chelsea are still, somewhat in the title race by being 10 points off of the top. Rafa Benitez can make these fans happy by first, winning the FIFA World Club Cup and then the Europa League in Europe. Domestically, he can win the Capital One and FA Cup and make a threatening run at the Premier League. There are a long couple of months ahead for all these teams.

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