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Arsenal announce plans to have fans back in Emirates stadium on October 3 against Sheffield United

ARSENAL announced plans to have fans back in the Emirates on October 3 against Sheffield United.

Supporters have been unable to attend matches since March, when the season was halted amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

By the time the season resumed in June, all games were completed behind closed doors.

The same protocols will be in place when the new campaign kicks off on September 12.

But the government announced they will target reduced crowds returning to football matches in October.

And Arsenal have informed their fans they will attempt to follow the plan.

An email read: “We are continuing to work hard with the Premier League and UK Government on plans to bring fans back to stadiums, initially with reduced capacities.

“We are disappointed that our home fixture against West Ham United on Saturday 19 September will be played behind closed doors, but based on current Government guidelines, we hope to be able to welcome supporters back to Emirates Stadium for the Sheffield United game scheduled for Saturday 3 October.

“We will share full information regarding fan attendance at reduced capacity matches by Wednesday 2 September.”

A loss of ticket sales hit the Gunners hard financially, with 24 per cent of their annual revenue coming from match-day earnings.

The fall in revenue commercially and through broadcasting contributed to the 55 redundancies recently announced across various departments at the Emirates.

But Arsenal still completed the free transfer of Willian – after he left Chelsea – and hoped to tie down captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new contract.

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