A scuffle appeared to break out among home fans as Arsenal hosted Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, following van and leaflet protests outside the Emirates Stadium earlier in the afternoon.
Supporters' discontent is mounting at Arsenal as an increasing number appear to be arguing for manager Arsene Wenger to leave the club at the end of the season.
Arsenal's run of one win in six matches has left them adrift of the league's leading group in 6th, and another poor season in Europe has made for an ever more fractious atmosphere as the club continues to leave the manager's future unclarified.
A small but by no means insignificant group of fans gathered outside the ground to protest Wenger's tenure, with leaflets distributed that detailed a 'No New Contract' movement against the manager whose current deal expires this summer.
Earlier that day, images of a 'Wenger Out' lorry had circulated on social media, with a hoarding bearing a quote credited to Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in 2011, which read: "Arsene is accountable to the fans."
Arsenal fans wheel out their version of the Vote Leave bus. pic.twitter.com/CrsChfUqLo
— Nick Ames (@NickAmes82) April 2, 2017
Several videos then surfaced online that appeared to show a fight breaking out between a handful of Arsenal fans during the 2-2 draw with Manchester City, with many others trying to separate those involved and quell the unrest.
That these videos have gone viral and prompted several mocking tributes from fans of other clubs will only harden the impression among some sections of the Arsenal faithful that their club is becoming a laughing stock under its current management.
— S_U_H (@15suhayb) April 2, 2017
@15suhayb Did anyone get any footage of the actual fight? This just shows a few men wrestling
— Mase (@MaseTMT) April 2, 2017
— Adam (@dam_j_b) April 2, 2017
The match itself began in disastrous fashion for the home side, undone by a simple ball through the middle and trailing inside five minutes as Man City's Leroy Sané calmly rounded goalkeeper David Ospina.
Any positive reflections that Arsenal rallied to come from behind twice and claim a point against Pep Guardiola's men were weighed down by the 'must-win' tag attached to the fixture in the build-up.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who has long been a staunch defender of Wenger, has said that the Frenchman "should declare" his plans for the good of the club – the team's fitful recent performances doing nothing to ease concerns that the manager's uncertain future is affecting the players.
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) April 2, 2017
@RobHarris Doesn't mean the majority of fans inside the stadium don't want Arsene to step down majority don't protest out of respect for Arsene
— dave lynch (@dav38125) April 2, 2017
There's accompanying literature being handed out too. pic.twitter.com/UfvGCWJLQ8
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 2, 2017