Arsenal FC – the Ultras of the Gunners: Victory with drum roll

While Arsenal are rushing to the top of the Premier League table, ultras have recently been drumming and singing in the stands at the Emirates Stadium. That’s pretty unusual for English football.

Red Bengalos in the black night, double halter, rhythmic drum roll and continuous song: This is how the Ashburton Army got in the mood for Arsenal FC’s home game against West Ham United on Boxing Day in front of the Emirates Stadium. The Ultras were filmed by so many people that some of the videos circulating on the Internet initially show other filming people in the foreground.

But who can blame the onlookers for capturing these scenes forever? After all, that kind of thing is rarely seen on the island, unless some continental European club is visiting the European Cup. Only very few English clubs have active Ultras, for example Crystal Palace or the second division teams Huddersfield Town and FC Middlesbrough.

And now Arsenal too: The Ashburton Army have taken the Emirates by storm after a difficult start this season. With coordinated continuous singing and drumming, the Ultras provide the accompanying music for Arsenal’s successful run, with choreos and pyros for the colorful background.

Mikel Arteta’s team is hurrying away from the competition at the top of the Premier League table: after 17 games there is only one bankruptcy and the lead over pursuers Manchester City is five points. Arsenal are enjoying their most exciting period by any measure, probably since Arsene Wenger’s marriage in the mid-noughties.

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