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Club statement

Club disappointed for travelling fans

Olympic Stadium, Baku

Statement from Arsenal Football Club:

“Everyone at Arsenal is delighted to have reached the Uefa Europa League final and we are all very much looking forward to the match against Chelsea on Wednesday, May 29.

"However, we are bitterly disappointed by the fact that due to transport limitations Uefa can only make a maximum of 6,000 tickets available to Arsenal for a stadium with a capacity of well over 60,000. Time will tell if it is even possible for 6,000 Arsenal fans to attend the match, given how extreme the travel challenges are.
 
"We have 45,000 season-ticket holders and for so many fans to miss out due to Uefa selecting a final venue with such limited transport provision is quite simply not right. The reality is that whoever reached the final would not be able to meet demand from their supporters.
 
"We have received many complaints from our fans about this and we fully share their concerns. 
 
"On behalf of our fans, we would like to understand the criteria by which venues are selected for finals, and also how supporter requirements are taken into account as part of this. 

"Moving forward we would urge Uefa to ensure that supporter logistics and requirements are a key part of any future decisions for final venues as what has happened this season is unacceptable, and cannot be repeated. We would be happy to join any future discussions to avoid this situation happening again."

Partner Activation

Acronis hosts partners at Emirates Stadium

Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection and the club’s official data backup partner, held a pitch event at Emirates Stadium.

More than 200 partners and customers enjoyed a presentation and panel discussion on the importance of modern cyber protection, before taking to the pitch to compete in the Acronis World Cup alongside the legendary Robert Pires. 

Acronis founder and chief executive officer Serguei Beloussov joined Arsenal IT director Christelle Heikkila to discuss the importance of protecting data, whilst former players Pires and Paul Dickov explained how data was used during their playing days.

“As football has progressed, we have had to become a lot more scientific in terms of the decisions we make,” explained Heikkila. “Data is vital in this process. It helps us to make informed decisions across important areas of our business, including how to improve player performance. 

“That is why we have partnered with Acronis and why we use the data-cloud solution. They store, backup and allow us to easily recover the video data from training sessions that we require to make the correct decisions.”

This is not the first time we have teamed up with Acronis - earlier this year we supported the Acronis Foundation by donating football kits to a new school they were building in Senegal.