Arsenal first to welcome back fans after Mikel Arteta’s desperate admission

Arsenal will be first to welcome fans back fans to their stadium once lockdown is lifted – and it has seen Mikel Arteta make a desperate admission.

The Prime Minister has revealed how the country will be divided up into Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 when the nation lockdown ends on December 2.

It was reported earlier this week that 4,000 spectators would be allowed at outdoor sporting events in the safest areas, with 2,000 at Tier 2 and none in Tier 3.

Combined with the latest tier standings, none of the Premier League sides fall into the Tier 1 regions.

The lockdown ends on a Tuesday, meaning the first top-flight teams in action after the date will be Manchester United at Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are at home in the Champions League to PSG – but the city’s Tier 3 placing means there will be no fans to watch it.

While the Blues, already through the round of 16, take on Sevilla in Spain.

In the Europa League the following day, Tottenham and Leicester are both away to LASK and Zorya Luhansk respectively.

This only leaves Arsenal to become the first Premier League side to welcome back 2,000 fans into their stadium for the European game against Rapid Vienna.

And Arteta, whose side have won four of their six home matches so far this season, would welcome the news after admitting his team are feeling the absence of supporters.

Speaking to the club website, the Gunners boss said: “It is definitely affecting the players.

“Now, for example with the lockdown: you win at Old Trafford, you feel excited, your adrenaline is really high, you go home and you want to celebrate, you want to do something, but you just go home, by yourself – some of the players live by themselves – and you go home, sit on the sofa, and that's it.

“To find that purpose and say, 'Okay, I work so hard for this moment, I want to enjoy it, I want to have people around me' but you have nothing, so it is a completely different life.

“In our case, when you try to build a new project you need to engage the fans with the team. They have to see live what the team is transmitting. It is completely different on the TV, you are not able to do that.

“Without creating that chemistry between players and fans, for them to believe, for them to see live what we are trying to do, it is complicated. We need that.

“The players have to feel, 'Wow, these guys are really behind us, they are really pushing, they are liking what we are trying to do… I feel more motivated, more engaged, I want to participate' – and we are lacking that.”

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