Arsenal fans may be allowed to attend Sheffield United fixture in October

Players of Arsenal FC pose for a tea photot prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal fans could be allowed inside the Emirates Stadium for the Gunners’ Premier League fixture against Sheffield United on October 3.

The club are hopeful that some fans will be allowed in on a reduced capacity basis and in line with UK government guidelines.

To begin with, it is thought that only gold season ticket holders and premium members will get priority access to tickets.

But the hope will be that if initial trial runs go as planned, then more fans will be allowed into matches as the months progress.

Fans returned to football on Saturday when 2,500 attended the pre-season game between Brighton and Chelsea at the Amex.

That came as part of the government's latest pilot scheme and there will be more to come in the weeks to follow.

But there have been no full stadiums since early March, with the last Premier League game to be played with a full capacity being Leicester City ’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9.

Games had been held exclusively behind closed doors since Project Restart launched in June, but there is now a hope of progress.

Arsenal confirmed their first Premier League home game of the new season against West Ham on September 20 will be played in front of an empty stadium.

In a statement on their website, Arsenal said: "We are focused on maximising the number of supporters able to safely attend matches at Emirates Stadium and providing fair and equitable access to the limited tickets available for all season ticket holders.

"We hope to be able to safely increase the capacity during the 2020/21 season and we will share further information if we are able to allocate tickets to other member groups or non members."

Once some fans are allowed into the Emirates, there will still be social distancing measures in place for the foreseeable future.

And the lucky few to attend a game with be forced to agree on a code of conduct in line with latest government guidelines.
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