A selection of Arsenal fans have been reacting on social media after one supporter shared a frequent trend from the Emirates Stadium they dubbed as the ‘calendar curse’.
The premise of the ‘curse’ stems from the spate of departures from North London in 2019 and the events which have befallen some of the players still with the Gunners.
All players used for the club’s official 2019 calendar between June and November have seen their futures take them on a differing path than previous years, or seen their careers with Arsenal take a step back.
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June’s cover star Aaron Ramsey departed the Emirates this summer as a free agent, having seen a contract proposal withdrawn even though he felt he had reached an agreement over new terms.
Laurent Koscielny, the model for July, also moved on in the summer, having gone on strike to force his way out of the Emirates as Arsenal prepared for their pre-season tour of America.
Departures were more amicable with August and September cover stars Alex Iwobi and Henrik Mkhitaryan, with the Nigerian moving to Everton for £34million and the Armenian joining AS Roma on a season-long loan deal.
Hostility returned for October, though, as Granit Xhaka was booed off the field against Crystal Palace on Sunday, as fans reacted angrily to the Swiss midfielder walking off the pitch while their side chased a winning goal.
Mesut Ozil, the player set to grace Arsenal fans’ calendars in November, has also seen his future at the Emirates take a step back, with Gunners boss Unai Emery’s decision to regularly omit the German coming as part of an agreed strategy with the hierarchy in North London.
Here are some of the reactions shared when one Arsenal fan posted the ‘calendar curse’…
What month is emery? Put me in a coma til then cheers https://t.co/B0vGX16O3O
— James (@smhjaames) October 28, 2019
So next is bellerin? 😳
— Yudhistira Gallanto Arbi (@20gallantoarbi) October 28, 2019
Can’t see things getting worse for Ozil unless he gets injured
— roojefc (@DivineQuad) October 28, 2019
The downfall of arsenal
— Jack Robinson (@kingArsenejr) October 28, 2019
We’ll see how accurate this is
— BOARDMAN GOT PAID (@theweakdonteat) October 28, 2019
Is Emery in it?
— James Headspeath (@JHeadspeath) October 28, 2019
— Faris Khan (@FarisKhan2304) October 28, 2019