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Gunners fans are given Emirates return date

Club hope to welcome back some supporters for Premier League fixture against Sheffield United

03 September, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

ARSENAL have revealed they are planning to allow fans back into the Emirates Stadium for their Premier League game against Sheffield United on October 3.

With clubs preparing to welcome back “a much-reduced capacity”, based on government guidelines due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Gunners will introduce a ballot system to select season ticket holders who will be able to attend the home fixture against the Blades.

A statement on the club’s website said: “Although our home fixture against West Ham United on Sunday, September 20 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 for the Sheffield United game scheduled for Saturday, October 3.

It added: “The capacity at Emirates Stadium will initially be much reduced due to UK government guidelines, Premier League directives and our responsibility to apply appropriate social distancing measures to ensure our fans can return as safely as possible.”

It is not clear just how small a number will be welcomed back to Arsenal’s 60,000-plus home ground.

But on Saturday 2,524 Brighton supporters were allowed in to watch their 1-1 pre-season friendly draw against Chelsea at the Amex Stadium – a ground that usually holds just over 30,000.

It was the first football match to admit fans since a ban on mass gatherings was introduced in March.

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