Club announce security measures ahead of Frankfurt tie

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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.

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Joey Jojo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jojo Jr Shabadoo

Waiting for the news like Father Christmas. Only instead of ‘Has he been yet?’, its ‘Has he gone yet?’.

Sue

😄👍

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

“That’s the worst name I ever heard”

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Rule 1. Emery should be relieved of his duties.

Rule 2. If Emery is not relieved of his duties Rule 1 applies

Andy
Andy

Rather than us checking back here every few hours, perhaps blogs could just blow some white smoke up his chimney when Emery is gone.

Crag
Crag

Tierry Henry next Arsenal manager

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

Hopefully not

Neil
Neil

I am going to voice the unpopular opinion, after watching Sp*rs match, and after myself criticizing Mourinho, that we should have dumped Emery and put Mourinho in on a 2 year contract. He has got Alli playing in form and has changed the mentality of that team.
I am not sure that Arteta is experienced enough, who’s left? That Italian bloke? Can he speak English? Benitez? I don’t know

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

based on 2 games? Lets reserve judgement til atleast 4 or 5 games have passed and the new manager bonus has gone from players mentality.
I dont think Moaninho would be a bad manager as far as results go, its his personality and the way he goes about his business that I am not a fan of. Its classless. And I love the Arsenal for the class and doing things in a respectful way, I couldnt handle it the Mourinho way. I wouldnt be keen to sell my soul to the devil to win trophies.

gooner
gooner

That’s not THE announcement.

Dave M
Dave M

Seriously…”Club announce…” I almost pee’d my pants…then I got sad.

Nick Metherell
Nick Metherell

Ticket exchange is in operation, I transferred 2 seats to a friend a week ago (God help him!)
#KroenkeOut

Sheffield Gooner
Sheffield Gooner

“Club announce the departure of Unai Emery”

Just seeing what it looks like.

Amusa
Amusa

He’s not going anywhere Lads. Even if he does after we beat/draw Norwich there is no point. We won’t reach the CL and Auba and Lacca will leave.

Richie

Teemu Pukki could really Finnish Emery off at Norwich.

Ash
Ash

I just cant see more than 20,000 people being at this game given the Thursday night, the extra security, the weather, the inability of red members to buy tickets, the inability to transfer tickets and the teams current run of form.

25k for BATE was one thing but but that was just poor opposition in a dead rubber game in a competition no one really cared about at a time when there was at least some optimism around new management and potentially finishing top 4/winning EL at the time of the fixture.

It is a sad state of affairs that I find myself genuinely more interested in the attendance (and reported attendance figure…) than the actual result of the game.

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

It will sell out in no time if they sack the bastard now.

Martin
Martin

I want Emery to leave as much as you do but there is no need to disrespect him. He’s a man out of his depth but nothing nasty about him

Upamecano but downalego
Upamecano but downalego

‘Club announce security measures ahead of Frankfurt tie‘

Step1: Don’t let Emery in
Step2: See above

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

..so if the fans would both arrive early, we can avoid congestion….

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Why do stewards need to check the validity of tickets? Surely if you haven’t bought a ticket, your card won’t activate the turnstile?

Al Johnson
Al Johnson

These additional measures have been put in place to prevent ticketless supporters, or those that have purchased fake/invalid tickets, attempting to ‘tailgate’ or force their way into the stadium, as they should not be able to pass the first check.

dont forget
dont forget

Yeah.. this is gonna be an empty stadium

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

This is a great game to boycott to show your disgust about the way the club is being run. Is a pretty much meaningless game anyway as we’ve all but qualified. Those who do turn up should make clear their feelings about the continued employment of the manager.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

I am not convinced we are all but through. Lose both games and they then win vs Vitoria, suddenly we stay on 10 and our 2 opponents progress on 12 each. And this Arsenal team are quite capable of throwing it all away.

Richie

I got a feeling Xhaka will play on Thursday. Half empty stadium and we only need a draw to qualify for the next round. Perfect storm.

Santori
Santori

I think people have to grow up and stop trying to cast one person or the other as villains.

1) the board would be derelict in its duty to simply appoint someone for the sake of change without due consideration into future stability plus how much paying off Emery would cost us (in impact to transfer window spend no least)

Clearly the available candidates are far and few. As mentioned we are not as attractive a destination as some prefer to imagine.

a)…the likes of Ponchentinno or Allegri can afford to wait for one of the continental big boys to call rather than risk sullying their reputation in the mud with our fans over a europa league club.

They are the flavour of the month at the moment and if I were their agents, I’d counsel to wait. Top pedigree CL clubs likely on offer within 6 months with appropriate big budget to spend.

b) the secondary also rans with less experience and proven ability in Viera or Arteta also a risk. In any case pep may talk the big game with Arteta but he is unlikely to be let go this season. There are not many other top managers out of contract and Benitez etc would be band aid, not carrying us forward.

c) Thereby the most likely option should things not turn around in 2 or 3 games time and the mood sour further would be to appoint Llung berg as caretaker till summer, see how he kicks on if not replace close to the summer with more options.

2) The owners are not people who terribly understand the game. now you can argue they should not be in the club then in the first place but do you really need non football people to weigh in on football matters? I am sure they have given the go ahead for Sanlehi (who has consolidated power around him) to make appropriate decision based on timing and aaialbility of alternatives.

Sanlehi for that matter has plenty of faults. The summer transfer was at best a 6 whereby we went for ‘wow’ factor for (I’ll say the unpopular) and ‘as yet’ under perforing 72m (back loaded) wide player and a non available 27m young (relatively unproven) Cback.

This at expense of again paying attention to immediate and critical need at Cback and at CM where Cebellos is not exactly what we need to add authority in deep midfield nor for the matter the imagined ability of Torreira-Guendouzi or reliance ona young Willock.

Fact is many people are culpable in various degrees. Emery is not absolved of fault because his style of play he should realise by now may not suit entirely the technical composition of this squad (nor will adding the Pep acolyte Arteta likely help with equal possession based football that won’t play to the strengths of this team)

Sanlehi also has fault as mentioned with his purchasing priorities over the summer not delivering Unai the full deck of cards some prefer to imagine he has. Edu and Vinai perhaps less culpable as Edu (as I mentioned when he was hired) really is there to be kept under the thumb of Sanlehi (and conveniently have another finger to point to when/if things go wrong) and Vinai really is a money man over seeing day to day function of the club in general.

So cast your villains all you want but if it isn’t based in reality, frankly you’re having a laugh.

Santori
Santori

…need I add fans have not helped.

Self induced added issues like Granit have further complicated things for an already struggling midfield and limited options further for the gaffer.

Clearly we are not any better at Cback without Mustafi as we are with 6m panic buy Luiz on deadline day.

The fragility of defense has the club playing with a large element of nerve coupled with the lack of balance in midfield and in general less productivity up front (when you consider number of opportunities generated). The front line in as much as the rest of the squad should not escape criticism.

BUT midfield options already tight further exacerbated by loss of Granit to crowd induced rancour.

Torreira and Guendouzi not anymore water tight. With Ozil in the squad, Unai has had to also make room for potential drop in off ball work higher up so our midfield balance is still not there.

We saw that in his hesitancy to roll the dice with Willock and Martinelli till very late on bc as much as we could load up in attack and score, we look also very capable of letting in a couple or more against a very low ranked side it has to say (Caveat we were clearly opening ourselves up without Rback Bellerin)

So yes, there are issues with the way Emery approaches the game with this squad with the over intricate play from out of the back, less than convincing decision making with ball in our half and less than efficient transitions to attack which has negated our better assets out wide in pace with (potentially) Bellerin/Pepe or Tierney/Auba.

But the flip side is the squad Emery has in his defense, is also still with persistent gaps in capabilities than some people care to mention.

A more balanced approach to viewing our current ‘crisis’ would need suffice IMO.

No one is happy with where we are at the club at the moment.

BUT the steps forward need to take the holistic picture and available options into consideration.

As much as it can get better, we can also make things even for messy for ourselves if we knee jerk react and don’t think things through.

Santori
Santori

Regarding rotation (which will be important for forthcoming league match that could be the axe for Emery). …I think the manager needs to grow a pair frankly and insist Granit plays in midfield midweek.

Tell the Swiss if he continues to rue on the sidelines, it will look very bad for potential suitors. get over it and come back in to help the team in need.

I think we need a performance so with due reason, we need a good combination of experience and youth for the Frankfurt match with an eye toward the league match.

I would have Kolasinac and Chambers at fullback, probably Mustafi and if recovered Holding.

In midfield, Granit and young willock will be a decent pair behind say Cebellos (if recovered) if not maybe Smith-Rowe or Ozil.

Wide areas, I’m tempted to keep giving Pepe minutes because he is doing somethings right but he needs to keep grafting particularly off ball. We need him to deliver now.

BUT another player I;d like to see feature more (who has struggled thus far this season) is Nelson. Young Saka also an option. Up top I’d like to keep Laca in the frame of things. he really is indispensable at the moment with his owrk rate and ability to hold the ball (something very lacking in Auba)

But I won’t play him or say ozil full match (for the matter Pepe), rotate them out after the half or 50 minute mark. Martinelli should also feature. he;s been excellent iMO thus far in campaign, surely due a goal or two again in europa. If he starts then maybe Saka and Pepe wide with maybe Nelson rotating in and Laca ready to come on if need be.

BUT Torreira and Guendouzi could do with some protection so if (the excellent but young) Willock can come in with an older head like granit, it will benefit us tremendously to have the rotation.

Emery has to put his foot down now and demand more from this lot.

I do not see the sort of level or work put in as say from much humbler sides like newly promoted Sheffield. There in lies the difference (beyond selections or set ups). We need someone to crack the whip on them. Llungberg is in the squad management so if anything, Unai should use him to be the bad cop and enforce a bit more discipline with these players. They too need to start delivering more.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

You lost me with the first seven words of your first book.

George
George

I don’t know of a sporting team that doesn’t use the ‘tickets sold’ method to announce/measure crowd sizes.

Winterburns right wand
Winterburns right wand

Has he gone yet?

Rich
Rich

Emery is on the way out.
Pochettino first choice
Nuno Espírito Santo, Second choice….

Nuno is apparently most likely.

I’d love Pochettino, but can’t say I’m too excited about Nuno Espírito Santo, looks like Raul’s relationship with Jorge Mendez is pushing us in this direction.

Wolves are a sit back and counter attack team, which is what Emery has been trying, but hasn’t worked for us as of yet.

Hopefully we can twist Poch’s arm, apparently his family are settled in London, it would be our biggest transfer since we stole Sol Campbell in July 2001, if we could pull it off…..

Russell
Russell

A supporter should never be placed in a position where they are cheering for a loss, because that might be the best way to get rid of a manager who has less clue what to do with this team than [pick anyone. Literally any single other person on the planet].

What a fucking travesty.

para
para

Apparently Kronke is here and Emery is already back in his homeland. But as you all know this is rumours.

para
para

And players have been given 2 days off too.

Flavoured Rice

I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve again waiting for that news that Emery has been sacked. Don’t fail me now… Really shows how bad we’ve become when I can guarantee that a new manager will make me excited about Arsenal again.

xjert02
xjert02

You can prepare easily 4 checks, as only few fans is going to visit the match. 😉