Arsenal’s footballers have come under fire for their treatment of young mascots again after footage was posted online of their pre-kick-off routine away at Liverpool this week.
The footage shows the Christmas Premier League leaders preparing for their 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday – but with their accompanying mascot left alone in the centre circle.
The young boy, who was led out on to the pitch alongside Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard, is seen standing alone before heading back over towards the game-focused players in their half of the pitch.
Back in April, Arsenal’s players were branded ‘entitled, overpaid and rude’ after the club shared footage of them ‘ignoring’ a young mascot as they signed her shirt before their 2-2 draw to West Ham.
The video showed manager Mikel Arteta and his players filing past eight-year-old Olivia Murray and writing on the replica top, but apparently failing to acknowledge the youngster as she gazed at them in admiration.
Arsenal’s young mascot was seen alone in the centre circle in a video online while the Gunners’ players were focused on their preparations for the game against Liverpool
The young mascot later joined his heroes in their half of the pitch before the game
And now the table-topping Gunners are coming under fire from commenters online again.
In comments on a post on TikTok, one fan wrote: ‘is this the same club that players walked straight past fans with headphones on?’
Another said: ‘Imagine being an Arsenal fan, how disappointed would you be’, while another comment added: ‘it’s not there (sic) first time dissing mascots,it’s basic human feelings,not any thing hard to do’.
At the time of the previous incident, Arsenal fans including Piers Morgan and now-TNT Sports presenter Laura Woods were quick to criticise the Gunners’ behaviour.
But some supporters claim the video from Saturday’s game at Anfield is not a true reflection of the mascot’s day.
One wrote: ‘They’re playing the most important match of the season so far let the players focus, I guarantee he had pictures and autographs in the changing room’.
Saturday’s match was one of the most important of the Premier League season so far, with Arsenal and Liverpool two of this campaign’s title contenders alongside champions Manchester City.
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard previously appeared to ignore a young mascot in footage shared by the club
Arsenal fan Piers Morgan was one of many who took to Twitter to slam the club over the video
On Arsenal’s website page about being a mascot, they say: ‘As a mascot, your Junior Gunner will have the opportunity to lead their heroes onto the pitch in front of thousands of cheering supporters.
‘They’ll also get to experience exclusive behind-the-scenes access, from watching the players warm up to meeting the First Team on the pitch and soaking up the match-day atmosphere.’
Mohamed Salah cancelled out Gabriel’s early opening goal to see the game end in a 1-1 draw which puts Arsenal top of the table at Christmas.
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