By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger appreciates the plight of the modern day supporter and thinks people should accept that selling out matches is harder these days.

The manager hailed the Arsenal fans for last week’s excellent turnout against Shrewsbury Town - the highest for any match in the Third Round - but conceded that times are getting tougher for supporters.

“We live in a society where life is more difficult for everybody,” said Wenger.

“And what I told you the other day, we had a combination of us not having started well and people suffering more in daily life. That makes it a bit more difficult.

“I saw the other day when Chelsea played against Leverkusen - it was not a sell-out. It is more difficult now.”

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