It’s an accusation that regularly gets bandied around, but there was a time when Arsenal really were forced to play in front of plastic supporters.
The month was August, year was 1992 and with Highbury under redevelopment, the Gunners decided to mask off the North Bank Stand building site with a huge vinyl mural.
Needless to say, record sell-out crowds prevailed behind the goal for a couple of months.
Arsenal kicked off the season against Norwich, eventually christening their new mural with a disappointing 4-2 home defeat.
Indeed, the omens weren’t good when the entire thing was almost brought crashing down by a pre-match parachutist…
George Graham’s side continued to under-perform in the Premier League all season, finishing way off the pace in 10th – though a League and FA Cup double certainly made up for the lacklustre league finish.