More than 50,000 fans have bought tickets for Arsenal’s final Europa League game against BATE Borisov, despite nothing riding on the outcome.
Standard Sport report that the majority of the Gunners’ 60,000 capacity has been sold out, but warn that not all paying fans will turn up, pointing to the matches against FC Köln and Red Star Belgrade.
Arsenal have made a good effort to try and get a good crowd in, reducing ticket prices and offering tickets to fans from local schools and community groups.
The fact the Gunners have managed to sell so many tickets for this game is impressive nonetheless. The match is essentially pointless, considering Arsenal have already qualified for the knockout stages at the top of the group.
Arsene Wenger’s men haven’t had the best form this season, so you might expect many to stay away, but clearly there are still many fans interested in attending. Personally, I’ll be glad if the Emirates sees a good turnout on Thursday.
The match might not mean much to Arsenal, but it’ll mean a lot more to youngsters like Eddie Nketiah, who could be making his first senior start, or the likes of Vlad Dragomir and Charlie Gilmour, if they make their Arsenal debuts.
They could be the future of the football club, and it’d be nice to give them a proper welcome to life in the first-team.