Fans deride Arsenal's 'beyond embarrassing' new banners in homage to Alexis Sanchez's dogs
Arsenal fans have displayed new banners at the Emirates Stadium that pay tribute not only to star forward Alexis Sanchez, but his two dogs as well.
The football twittersphere reverberated with howls of derision on Sunday afternoon, as the new adornments were unveiled ahead of Arsenal's 2-1 home win against Burnley.
Though some fans maintained that Sanchez would enjoy the banners, others dismissed the monuments to 'Atom' and 'Humber' as "beyond embarrassing".
Some who did like the tributes nevertheless complained that they would be too small for Sanchez to see.
Sanchez himself certainly came good for the Gunners in the end against Burnley, keeping his cool to chip home a 98th-minute winning penalty after his side were reduced to 10 men.
Sanchez has a year and a half remaining on his current contract with Arsenal and there are growing fears he will leave the club this summer, with PSG chief among an array of waiting suitors.
The Chile international has not appeared to enjoy his football in the past month, despite maintaining quite good form himself as Arsenal have made hard work of matches against Bournemouth in the league and Preston in the FA Cup.
Even in a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of Swansea last week, Sanchez reacted angrily to being substituted with 10 minutes remaining and the win secured.
When Arsenal came back from three goals down at Bournemouth, Sanchez was still fuming at full time that his side had not won the game - an attitude that has pleased many Gunners fans, who already regard him as their key attacking threat.
The Arsenal faithful are understandably keen to demonstrate how loved Sanchez is at the Emirates, and they will hope he focuses on the positives of his current home rather than dwelling on the negatives of another difficult title challenge.
And on the subject of the Atom & Humber banner, if you don't like it, fine. But to not give a structured criticism is unacceptable.— Ese Agboaye (@A96oaye) January 22, 2017
S/O to Humber and Atom...their banner looks good at the Emirates...— Luigi (@Lwando_N) January 22, 2017
Rename the stadium Atom and Humber. Do whatever is required. Alexis has to stay. #ElNinoMaravilla— Nimitt Vora (@NimittVora) January 22, 2017
Need to do a Who let the dogs out chant for Atom and Humber now— Shaheed Hassan (@Shaheed_96) January 22, 2017