Arsenal have announced that they hope to welcome fans back to the Emirates at reduced capacity in October.
The first game fans might be able to attend at the Emirates will be contested between Arsenal and Sheffield United in the Premier League on October 3rd.
The capacity at the stadium will be heavily reduced due to UK Government guidelines, Premier League directives and the club’s responsibility to enforce suitable social distancing measures so that fans can return in the safest way possible. The Gunners hope to increase the number of supporters that can attend home games over the course of the upcoming season.
As a result of the coronavirus, fans have not been able to attend football games for the last few months. The last game Arsenal played at home with fans in the stadium was the Premier League match against West Ham on April 7th. The Gunners won that game courtesy of a late winner from Alexander Lacazette.
The North London club’s first game of the 2020/21 Premier League season will see them travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham on September 12th. Their first home game of the season will take place the following week against West Ham. The match between Arsenal and Sheffield United will be the Gunners’ fourth Premier League tie of the season.
Head coach Mikel Arteta and a host of players have talked about how much they miss the fans at games. Supporters, players and members of staff will no doubt be thrilled about the possibility of seeing supporters inside football stadiums in the near future.