Arsenal are just under a week away from welcoming 2,000 fans back into the Emirates Stadium after it was announced that London will be placed in tier 2 of the government’s new lockdown system.
Fans have been banned from attending fixtures since the Premier League returned behind closed doors way back in June.
However, the news is sure to be music to the ears of the club and their supporters with the outfit enduring a tough start to the new Premier League season. With four wins, four defeats and a draw so far in the league this season, it hasn’t been the start many would’ve wanted, however, with some winnable games on the horizon combined with the extra help, the Gunners can finally kick-start their year.
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In all honesty, the government’s new tier system aimed at tackling the pandemic and allowing fans back into stadiums makes no sense. A mere 2,000 fans will be allowed back into the Emirates Stadium for next week’s clash against Rapid Vienna, just 3.33% 0f the ground’s full capacity.
That leaves a sensational 58,000 seats empty for future matches, and with the Government stressing the public follow a 2-metre social distancing measure, the new rules to let fans into stadiums goes against their own plans.
However, from a financial point-of-view, some fans are better than no fans for the Reds who had to make 55 members of staff redundant due to the effects of the current pandemic. Back in April, it was predicted by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust that the club could lose £144m if the current behind-closed-doors situation continued for 12 months.
We should be thankful that supporters are allowed back into the stadiums. However, the government’s rules make no sense and surely a review needs to be conducted so that the homes can be adequately filled.