Arsenal have announced that there will be enhanced security measures in place for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.
The German side’s supporters have been banned for one game following violent incidents in their away trip to Vitoria, so no allocation of tickets has been made to them. It also meant that Arsenal fans were punished as the game was not made available to Red Adult and Cannon Red Members while the Friends & Family and Ticket Exchange Service will not be in operation.
In an update today, the club have threatened any member who sells a ticket to a Frankfurt fan with a ban and cancellation of their membership. They have also warned that any of their supporters who try to enter will be refused, and even those who do get inside will be ejected if identified.
Arsenal are urging home supporters to turn up early to make their way through a two-part security process, which is detailed below:
Firstly, on approach to the turnstiles, supporters will need to show their physical ticket to stewards. Then at the turnstiles, stewards will make a check of the validity of the ticket to gain access. These measures will undoubtedly slow down entry into stadium for supporters, but if fans plan their journey and arrive in good time, we are hoping that any delays will be minimal.
With the team’s current form, a stadium bereft of opposition fans, and an air of apathy surrounding the club, we could well see a record low attendance at the Emirates.
It currently stands at 25,909 for a game against BATE Borisov in December 2017 – although that was recorded as 54,648 due to the ‘tickets sold’ method in which Arsenal announce crowd sizes.