- Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna kicks off at 8pm on BT Sport 2
LOOK WHO’S BACK!
He’s here! The return of fans means Arsenal need their best ever player in the stadium to rally the troops. What a dinosaur.
Safety measures at the Emirates
This is how the stadium is set out seating wise, with seats available clearly indicated.
Supporters are keeping their distance outside the stadium too.
Once through the gates, they are then shot in the head… wait those are laser guns. So actually, they’re having their temperature taking. Only cool people get in, you see.
And to end this post, we should [INSERT JOKE ABOUT THERE BEING NO DIFFERENCE IN NOISE AT THE EMIRATES WITHOUT FANS ANYWAY].
The fans are back!
It’s really exciting! 2000 fans are allowed into the Emirates tonight. Here are some of them:
Some got to the stadium really early and have been sat in the stands for a fair old while.
Here are the two teams for tonight’s game, with a few changes for Arsenal in a 4-2-3-1:
Mikel Arteta wants to sign a creative midfielder
Hello there and welcome to our liveblog for Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna, a match which, let’s be honest, doesn’t matter at all. Mikel Arteta needs to decide whether to play his first team to help them grow some confidence with a win against a team they should really beat, or rest them to concentrate on the game with Spurs on the weekend. Jose Mourinho has named an almost full-strength first XI for their match – will that change Arteta’s thinking?
One thing we know for sure is that Arteta wants to sign some new midfielders. Here’s a report from the wires:
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the club do not have much room to manoeuvre in the January transfer window and may have to offload players before they can add to the first-team squad.
Arsenal are reportedly looking for a creative midfielder, with RB Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai and Olympique Lyonnais’ Houssem Aouar among the options being considered, while Arteta would also like to improve his defensive options.
“We are planning, talking with (technical director) Edu and with the club about the things we can do in January,” Arteta told reporters.
“But at the moment it’s pretty difficult, unpredictable as well. In terms of places, we are very restricted in the moment.
“We will need to do something knowing the limitations of that market in January and the limitations we have as well to sign players.”
Arsenal, who lost to Wolverhampton Wanders on Sunday, are 14th in the Premier League after 10 games and Arteta said they were not on track to meet their objectives.
“It’s not acceptable and we have to change it,” he said. “We can say, ‘Yeah but the referee did that, he didn’t score, we should have done that’, but this is where we are.”
Source: The Telegraph Travels