According to a recent report, Arsenal are in danger of being left behind by other Premier League sides aiming to reintroduce safe standing in England’s top flight.
During a meeting which was organised by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, fans learned the news that the Gunners are yet to fully commit themselves to the Safe Standing campaign. If the reports are to be believed, they are one of very few that are not yet on board with the concept.
Jon Darch, founder of the Safe Standing roadshow, said, “Manchester United have asked for fans’ views in a questionnaire, Chelsea and Tottenham have made clear that their new stadiums are being constructed with safe standing considered.
“While [chief executive] Ivan Gazidis admits he’s interested by the idea, and [Arsene] Wenger has given it his backing, as a club they’re yet to announce their support. If they don’t do so soon, they’re at risk of being the last top Premier League club to get on board,” Darch continued.
A very common criticism of Arsenal supporters in recent seasons has been the lack of atmosphere created around the Emirates during home fixtures. It is believed that a safe standing section could go a long way to improving their reputation in that regard.
Akhil Vyas, an AST board member and season ticket-holder at Arsenal said, “A standing section would also be known as a singing section – the home supporters could get the atmosphere going like away fans do. With a better atmosphere, you can help influence the game in terms of key decisions.”
The FST have issued a survey asking supporters to voice their opinions as discussions between the club and the Premier League are reportedly set to begin soon.