You may have heard announcements yesterday that Manchester City Women v Manchester United Women will be hosted at the Etihad Stadium on the opening day of the WSL season on Sunday, 8th September in an attempt to capitalise on interest in this summer’s Women’s World Cup. Chelsea Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women will be played at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend too, with free admission.
NEW RIVALRY. HISTORIC CLASH. ??
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 8, 2019
Arsenal will not be following suit with their opening fixture at home to West Ham United, which will be played at Boreham Wood’s revamped Meadow Park Ground on Sunday, 8th September at 2.30pm. However, Arsenal are slightly ahead of the World Cup curve, with the women taking part in this summer’s Emirates Cup. They will play Bayern Munich Frauen, from whom they have signed three players this summer.
2️⃣0️⃣ days to go until the Emirates Cup! ?
? Got your tickets yet? They remain on sale ?
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 8, 2019
Arsenal will play Bayern at 12.30pm, with the men’s team playing Lyon at 3.15pm. Arsenal are focused on the making the Emirates Cup successful and will consider further double headers between the men’s and women’s team later in the season. Contacted for comment by Arseblog News, manager Joe Montemurro said, “We are really proud to be playing at Emirates Stadium in the Emirates Cup this month, it’s one of the first times that a club has incorporated the men and women’s sides into a tournament, so we are excited to be involved.
“This game will showcase some of the highest quality within elite women’s football and by playing this at Emirates Stadium it will enable more Arsenal supporters to see them in action. We hope that this brings plenty of fans to this game and then hopefully there will be potential for more double header games at Emirates Stadium.”
With Spurs and Manchester United promoted to the WSL for this season, there is certainly scope for some large crowds. But the message is clear, if you want the Arsenal Women playing at the Emirates to happen more often, make the case! Turn up at the Emirates Cup and be in your seat by 12.30pm! Tickets are on sale here.
The full fixture list for the WSL season will be released at 10am on Wednesday.