Arsenal are hoping that some fans will be able to attend the club’s game against Sheffield United on 3 October.
Supporters have not been allowed to watch the team at the Emirates in person since the 1-0 win against West Ham United on 7 March. In the days after that victory, Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid-19 and football in England was suspended.
As lockdown restrictions ease, clubs are obviously keen to get fans back onto the terraces quickly, however, there’s a keen awareness of the need for strict safety protocols to be in place.
It’s likely that the capacity of the Emirates will be severely reduced into 2021 which in turn will inevitably lead to ticketing disappointment for the usual match goers. An update on how the process is managed will be made public in due course.
In a statement sent to season ticket holders, Arsenal say:
“We are continuing to work hard with the Premier League and UK Government on plans to bring fans back to stadiums, initially with reduced capacities.
“We are disappointed that our home fixture against West Ham United on Saturday 19 September will be played behind closed doors, but based on current Government guidelines, we hope to be able to welcome supporters back to Emirates Stadium for the Sheffield United game scheduled for Saturday 3 October.
“We will share full information regarding fan attendance at reduced capacity matches by Wednesday 2 September.”
That we’re edging closer to having supporters in stadia is certainly positive but we’ll have to see how the next few weeks play out.
Covid-19 has been a stubborn bastard so far and it’s not going to change it’s ways just because we’re impatient to throw a few wanker signs in Mike Dean’s direction.