Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium may again have the sound of fans shouting next month after the English club said on Wednesday that it plans to allow a small crowd. The matches have been played in empty stadiums since June when the Premier League came back after the isolation caused by the coronavirus was lifted.

But last week, 2,500 fans were allowed to enter Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium for a pre-season friendly against Chelsea after the government announced test events for spectators to return to elite sport. “We hope to be able to welcome fans back to Emirates Stadium with reduced capacity from the game against Sheffield United, scheduled for Saturday, October 3”, said Arsenal.

“When fans return to Emirates Stadium, additional measures will be taken to protect all of us. These are clearly exceptional circumstances and the health, safety, and protection of everyone is our priority,” added the North London club in a statement.