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Chaos at the Emirates as thousands are left stuck outside before Arsenal's WSL clash with Chelsea

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Chaos at the Emirates as thousands are left stuck outside before Arsenal's WSL clash with Chelsea

Chaos broke out at the Emirates Stadium as thousands of fans were stuck outside ahead of Arsenal’s WSL clash against Chelsea… but the Gunners insisted the late arrival of supporters was to blame

  • Thousands of fans were stuck outside the Emirates ahead of Sunday’s match
  • There are heavy queues at tube stations and on the approach to the stadium
  • Supporters found themselves crowded close to the turnstile entrances
  • Arsenal said the late arrival of the fans was to blame and the operation was the same for every fixture

Thousands of fans were left outside the Emirates in scenes described as ‘dangerous’ as Arsenal’s Women’s Super League game at Chelsea kicked off on Sunday afternoon.

More than 46,000 tickets have been sold for the top-of-the-table clash and there are heavy queues at tube stations and near the stadium.

Supporters found themselves crowded close to the turnstile gates, with some describing the situation as ‘dangerous’.

Thousands of fans were left outside the Emirates ahead of Sunday's WSL clash

Thousands of fans were left outside the Emirates ahead of Sunday’s WSL clash

Others called the scenes ‘chaotic’ as kick-off approached but the queues got bigger.

Mark Easton, Home Editor for BBC News, tweeted a picture of a huge queue of fans with the caption: ‘Extraordinary and quite dangerous scenes at the #Emirates with huge crowds stuck outside before the AFC v CFC. #arsenal.’

One fan said they didn’t move for 10 minutes as the game started.

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Some supporters were seen entering the stadium midway through the first half as the queues began to move but there was anger among many about the action they missed out on.

Sportsmail Arsenal have been approached for a comment and the club believe that the late arrival of fans at the stadium is the reason behind the situation.

There are heavy queues at tube stations and on the approach to the stadium

There are heavy queues at tube stations and on the approach to the stadium

Arsenal said the fans' late arrival was to blame and the operation was the same as every other fixture

Arsenal said the fans’ late arrival was to blame and the operation was the same as every other fixture

‘Our match day operation is the same as every other fixture and event at the Emirates Stadium,’ commented Arsenal.

‘An early kick-off brought a number of new supporters into our stadium, with 50 per cent of supporters arriving in the last 20 minutes before kick-off resulting in busy turnstile areas.

‘We will continue to educate supporters on arriving early at the stadium for the required security and bag checks and will continue to discourage supporters from bringing any necessary luggage and large bags.’