Arsenal Women have confirmed that their Champions League home game against Barcelona will be held at Emirates Stadium on Thursday, 9th December. It will be the fifth group game for the Gunners in their Champions League campaign.
Barca are the defending European champions and recently beat Arsenal 4-1 at home in the opening match of the group stage, the only defeat inflicted on Jonas Eidevall’s side since he took charge of the club in July.
A message from the boss…
Our @UWCL game with Barcelona will be hosted at Emirates Stadium! ✊
We need your support, Gooners ❤️
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) October 15, 2021
Arsenal Women have already held a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in August at Emirates Stadium, as well as their WSL opener against the same club in N5, a game they won 3-2 in front of 9,000 fans.
The North London derby in March will also take place there. Tickets are on sale to Arsenal Women members now, with tickets to go on general sale at 12noon Friday. Tickets will be priced at £12 adults and £6 for concessions.
Champions league football back at the Emirates!
I’m not sure about this decision. Is this for the telly people or for the team? I hope we get 10,000 fans again, but I think that this match should be at Borehamwood.
Think it’s largely just another opportunity to market the women’s team cos there’ll be lots of interest in this game. I also think Meadow Park would probably sell out due to the demand so it makes sense to move it somewhere bigger anyway.
I’d prefer to see a sold out Meadow Park than an empty Emirates.
If we only got 9000 for a Sunday lunch time vs Chelsea from just down the road what chance a similar crowd on a Thursday evening in December against overseas opposition no matter how good they are?
Let’s hope I’m wrong!
Agree. It’s not a home game for us, either!
I reckon for this game you’d sell Meadow Park out and have plenty more who couldn’t get a ticket. I think demand for this game will be high but, when it comes to promoting this team, you can’t really choose games against crap teams (except Spurs). You have to choose the big games otherwise just accept that the Emirates isn’t used at all. 9k is nearly x3 the capacity of Boreham Wood, a lot more people still got to see that game.
My worry is if they dominate us again like they did in Spain, it won’t be a good advert for *us*. But let’s hope they are a different animal when away from home, and we give a better account of ourselves.
I don’t think we are technically inferior to Barca. I think we showed them too much respect in the first half, and they played at a higher tempo than we’re used to in England. The officiating was also pretty shit that night. Make the Emirates a fortress and we can go toe-to-toe with them. COYG!
The need to give free tickets to kids to boost the attendance just like what Juventus done.
I disagree, I think we should be past that stage. It’s a good product, entertaining and (I hope) competitive football and £12 a ticket is a very cheap night out in London.
Sorry, I realise you said free tix for kids! My mistake.
I’ll be going. Let’s break some attendance records
Is your glass 1/4 full or 3/4 empty?
Hopefully the ground staff won’t dim the lighting lux to borehamwood levels, inadequate for nightime TV broadcast
A midweek “sell out” at Meadow Park? Even if the opposition is Barcelona I would suggest that this would be highly unlikely. The attendance last night for an attractive game against Hoffenheim was a paltry 808. Alright the AWFC administration when it comes to ticket sales and marketing is abysmal and the fact that tickets only became available 4 DAYS before the game no doubt had its influence but more the fact that kids were in school today was just as significant. Unlike the Chelski game where the marketing was insipid IF this is done right why not give it… Read more »
I notice tickets are already on sale but only for blocks 15 to 19 so it doesn’t seem like they are expecting 10, 20 or 30 thousand spectators either!
If it follows the trend of the Chelski game, once the central blocks get full (nice backdrop for the TV cameras!) they will open up further blocks into the corners and the ends.
Smoke and mirrors bro!
I think the marketing was good for the Chelsea game, there were posters all over Kings Cross and Euston stations, I don’t see what more they could’ve done on social media. As a men’s season ticket holder I got three emails about it. The reason that crowd wasn’t as high is a) they’re not giving away freebies anymore, there is a concerted move now to put a value on the product and b) due to covid regulations and the lack of clarity over crowds, they couldn’t confirm the game was at Emirates until three and a half weeks before the… Read more »
This is great news. I hope people take advantage of it and make a day of it!
Women’s football is a family day out.
Yeah it is an opportunity to see the stadium have a look around, get their faces painted, go to the club shop, take some photos but the kids get bored once they sit down for the game.
Same with my 2 wanted to get back to their game consoles after about 20 minutes we left at half time. Nice day out though nice photos
I say if Kim Little wants to play at Emirates we play at Emirates! Yes, I know I’m shoe horning it a bit, all i wanted to say really is thank you Scotland. But sentiment is right though, i think the players want to play at Emirates so let’s.