More than half of the clubs in the Premier League are open to trialling safe standing schemes, but do Arsenal feature as one of the sides interested in the concept?
The Premier League wrote to all 20 clubs, in an attempt to gauge the levels of interest in a possible pilot at some stage, with West Brom responding that they’d be keen to run such a pilot scheme.
Safe standing is already being used in Germany, with a range of Bundesliga sides utilising the concept with success so far.
Celtic became the first British club to unveil their 2,600 capacity rail seating area within Celtic Park this time last summer and talks have intensified in the hope that top-flight clubs across England will do the same.
According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, Liverpool are currently against the proposal. Meanwhile, their Merseyside rivals Everton feel it’s not an option at present, though 90% of supporters in a February poll said they’d favour the concept at their planned new stadium. Both Manchester Clubs are in favour of the concept, in principle at least, as are Tottenham. Chelsea are already on record as approving the idea.
Arsenal supporters have shown that they’d be in favour of introducing it in future when asked in a variety of surveys.
The AST conducted a survey in February and March of this year, with over 7,000 people taking part in total. Results showed that more than 96% of club fans are in favour, with only 2.5% being against the idea.
Current chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said on more than one occasion that he’d be “open” to the possibility of safe standing areas at the Emirates, dating back to 2011.
If safe standing is allowed, clubs would not be forced to introduce it at their respective grounds.