Arsenal outline plan to get fans back into Emirates Stadium

The Gunners are hoping to allow a reduced number of supporters in for the Premier League match at home to Sheffield United on October 3.

Arsenal hope to allow some home fans to return to the Emirates Stadium next month.

The Gunners, like all Premier League teams, have been playing matches behind closed doors since the return of top-flight football in June.

With the 2019/20 season completed without any fans in attendance at matches due to the continued complications of the coronavirus pandemic, the new 2020/21 campaign will also kick off in empty stadiums on September 12.

However the government remain hopeful that it will be safe for fans to return to stadiums in the coming weeks and months, with a small number set to be granted access initially.

Last Saturday 2,500 fans attended a friendly between Brighton and Chelsea at the Amex Stadium in what football authorities were viewing as a test event, and the success of that has provided optimism that fans could return in bigger numbers soon.

Arsenal have now confirmed that they are targeting their second home game of the season against Sheffield United on October 3 as a possible date for the return of supporters, with Gold season ticket holders and Premium members able to attend.

“In recent months we have been working very hard with the relevant authorities on plans to bring fans back to stadiums, and specifically Emirates Stadium, initially with reduced capacities,” said the Gunners in a statement.

“Although our home fixture against West Ham United on Sunday 20 September will be played behind closed doors, based on the current UK Government guidelines, we hope to be able to welcome supporters back to Emirates Stadium on a reduced capacity basis from the Sheffield United game scheduled for Saturday 3 October.”