Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has blamed the poor turnout of fans for the Gunners game this weekend on Easter celebrations.

Wenger was humble enough to admit that the team's poor league campaign was also to blame for the many empty seats at the Emirates on Sunday.

The French Coach is, however, optimistic that the stay-away fans will be back for Thursday's Europa League quarterfinal against Ahmed Musa’s CSKA Moscow.

At least one third of the seats were empty during the 3-0 win over Stoke, even though Arsenal still claimed that more than 59,000 tickets were sold for the game.

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It is the third Premier League home game in a row where thousands of Gunners fans have stayed away, with the team no longer fighting for a top-four place.

However, Wenger insisted he is not worried, and believed fans would turn out for the first leg against CSKA Moscow, with the Europa League now the only competition that can salvage the team's season.

"They will be back on Thursday, don't worry," an optimistic Wenger stated.