Covid restrictions bring premature end to return of fans at Arsenal

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Arsenal’s matches will return to being played behind closed doors after it was confirmed by the government that London will move into England’s highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday.

The Gunners had been due to welcome 2,000 fans for the match against Southampton on the same day but it looks like those plans have been scuppered following a worrying rise in infections in the capital. Arsenal have confirmed that winners of the most recent ticket ballot will be issued a refund.

Tier three restrictions will also see pubs and restaurants forced to close.

Arsenal did manage to squeeze in two games with supporters in the last 10 days; the win over Rapid Vienna and last night’s depressing defeat to Burnley.

Given the boos that were aimed at the players at full time last night, perhaps our highly-paid stars can count themselves lucky that they won’t have to listen to the terrace grumblings as they try to improve their woeful form in the run-up to Christmas.

The restrictions will be reviewed again on 23 December. In addition to the Saints, we face Manchester City in the League Cup before that date.

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Managanese

Lucky fans! Better than having to cover your eyes with your nose mask.

Qwaliteee

Better safe than sorry.

And that, of course, extends to taking sensible precautions with Covid 19, not just attendance at matches involving Arteta’s Arsenal.

Ollie1Roddy

What is the actual point.

Danger Mouse

At this point it would seem that there’s is no point other than to f**k with peoples heads.

Sean Johansen

Sorry, not much relevance to the story here. But anyone else really miss the days when you could choose to block out the news because it was depressing as fuck to follow compulsively? Actually having to follow it to find out what you can and can’t do in your day to day life is growing more miserable by the day. Fuck, would it be sweet to finally get something positive to cheer about on Wednesday evening

bendtnerschristmastree

Thank fuck no one has to see that crap live

Francesc

Man Xhaka was lucky last night with no fans in the stadium! The guy won’t get into even Sheffield Utd side!!

Francesc

Xhaka, Bellerin, El neny, Willian out

Jack

I bet the Arsenal players are happy they won’t have to take more booing

Post January Blip

I get everyone is pee’d off but I have to say the ‘support’ was poor yesterday. Couldn’t even drown out the sound of water pumps

SB Still

The obligatory, support was no good post.

To borrow from a man who was very articulate and managed the team for over 2 decades, its the job of the team to entertain and engage the crowd. In other words, there was not much for the supporters to get excited about.

Post January Blip

Is that the same man who said ‘if you eat caviar every day it’s difficult to return to sausages’? We need to be realistic about where we are at the moment and to expect a bit of noise from the supporters isn’t that outlandish

A P

We are way past sausages now!

Qwaliteee

Oh well, it’s probably more suitable that the lads are serving up fake football for a fake crowd noise.

The Perfect Match. (With apologies to JVC)

Post January Blip

The football is absolute dross unfortunately

Carlo

Yup that buzzing was way more consistent than we’ll ever be.

Post January Blip

We are consistent. Consistently bad.

A P

Guess MA can blame the poor results on the lack of fans in the stadium again.

Nick

I know we’re shite right now but I was really looking forward to seeing arsenal play live for the first time in months.

Cranky Colin

Hate to tell you……. Wednesday lineup:
Leno
Soares ( cause Bellerin suspended) Rob Gab Tierney

Ceballos Laca Elneny

Willian Auba Saka

I really feel sorry for six ( well maybe seven) of the players above, who have been dragged into this nightmare

Vonnie

Probably just as well, as things stand.

Mizog

Finally some good news

Hi-brid

Wait, it was the ballot WINNERS who were gonna have to go…? 🤔