After almost nine months away, 2,000 Arsenal fans will be back at the Emirates, with the stadium in tier two of the Government’s new regionalised approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
The Gunners will be the first Premier League club to welcome back fans since Covid-19 halted the 2019/20 season, and while their recent form will be a huge concern to Mikel Arteta – with Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Wolves sounding the alarm – Thursday should prove to be a welcome distraction for the club.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna tickets
All 2,000 tickets for the match sold out in 20 minutes on Saturday, with Arsenal fans allowed back at the Emirates for the first time in almost nine months. Arsenal are the first Premier League club to welcome back fans following government approval.
How to watch Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
Thomas Partey (thigh) remains out of action for the time being, while Gabriel Martinelli (knee) and Sead Kolasinac (Covid-19) are also out.
Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers have an outside chance of returning but are unlikely to start, while David Luiz is likely to be rested following his collision with Raul Jimenez despite returning to training.
Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna prediction: Arsenal to win 1-0
Goals have been a real problem for the Gunners of late, though they should edge this one – especially with fans back in the stadium.
Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal vs Rapid Vienna betting odds and tips (subject to change)
1-0 Arsenal win: Between 9/1 and 10/1
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