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Fans in stitches as supporter finds new use for face mask during Arsenal defeat

An Arsenal fan had Twitter in meltdown after finding a novel way to use his face mask during the Gunners' painful defeat to Burnley.

Mikel Arteta's side were beaten 1-0 by the Clarets at the Emirates, stretching their shocking run of form to just one win in eight Premier League games.

Granit Xhaka was sent off for a moment of madness as he grabbed Ashley Westwood around the throat, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an own goal to give the visitors victory.

The game was played in front of 2,000 socially distanced supporters at the Emirates – most of whom probably wished they hadn't succeeded in getting tickets.

And it was all too much for one fan as, unable to watch, he pulled his face mask up over his eyes so he didn't have to see the spectacle unfolding in front of him.

The supporter was still adhering to Covid safety guidelines by covering his nose and mouth – but nothing could mask the Gunners' problems as they succumbed to a fourth successive home defeat in the league for the first time since 1959.

Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tweeted a picture of the supporter finding it too difficult to bear – and it drew some hilarious responses.

One Gunners fan said: "This picture is going to be the most used meme over the next 12 months. At least we have created something, well done arsenal fans."

Another suggested to Piers that his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid should take over as manager, with the defeat piling the pressure on Arteta.

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"Let's get @susannareid100 in as manager," the Tweet read. "She will put the fire into these bunch of non productive players!!! Sort things out!!"

The defeat left Arsenal 15th in the Premier League table, just five points above the drop zone.

And amid increasing question marks over Arteta's future, some Twitter users replied to Piers with pictures of Sam Allardyce – renowned for keeping relegation-threatened teams in the top flight.

One Tottenham fan even replied with a picture of a 'Welcome to Luton' sign – a nod to a future in the Championship for the Gunners.

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Some Arsenal supporters weren't finding it funny, however.

One wrote: "Even fans are embarrassed to watch.

"We need to a new manager before Xmas comes. A club like @Arsenal shouldn't be fighting for relegation. By this time we should be top 7 of the league. More misery for @Arsenal and the fans."

Another said: "You can't even watch Arsenal game the way it used to be… Like even when we losing then, we lose in style seeing those passes flowing but not any more something gone wrong somewhere."

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