Arsenal’s brilliant plan to bring fans ‘into’ the Emirates Stadium when football returns

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Arsenal could be cheered on by their supporters over Zoom as the Gunners hierarchy explores means to virtually bring fans into the Emirates Stadium.

The Premier League is set to resume behind closed doors on March 17 when Arsenal travel to Manchester City for the curtain raiser of the resumed campaign.

The final fixture list of the campaign may not be confirmed until after Thursday’s meeting but it is likely that Mikel Arteta’s side, who have two away league fixtures and an FA Cup sixth round tie at Bramall Lane after their trip to the Etihad, will not be back at the Emirates Stadium for some time.

That has prompted the club to explore options that would allow fans to ‘attend’ fixtures in less than ordinary ways.

Danish club Aarhus have been among those clubs to have used video-conferencing facilities to allow supporters to be in the ground – at least in a virtual sense – during matches and it is understood that Arsenal have been in contact with the Superliga club to discuss the success of their approach.

“We’re exploring multiple ways to bring fans into the stadium ‘virtually’,” an Arsenal spokesperson told

A Premier League working group will present further proposals tomorrow aimed at enhancing the televised product for fans at home, including a possible tactical view provided by tracking experts Second Spectrum. The company has already provided real time data for broadcasts of NBA games, including live shot probability graphics.


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