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.