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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 football.london.

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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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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