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Emirates Stadium becomes main home of Arsenal women in groundbreaking move

"The next step in our journey is to make Emirates Stadium our main home for Arsenal women. We are looking forward to giving more supporters the chance to watch our women’s team play"

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Arsenal women will use Emirates Stadium as their main home ground from the start of next season’s Women’s Super League.

If Arsenal reaches that stage, the north London venue will host eight WSL matches and three group games in the Women’s Champions League.

The club announced on Tuesday that if Arsenal advances to the European competition’s knockout stages, those matches will also take place at the Emirates.

Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham said: “For almost four decades, we have been at the forefront of the women’s game. We have recently seen extraordinary growth in supporters coming to Emirates Stadium for games held here, which include two complete sell-outs this season.

“The next step in our journey is to make Emirates Stadium our main home for Arsenal women. We are looking forward to giving more supporters the chance to watch our women’s team play.

“This is part of a collective drive across the club to take the women’s game forward and support the sustainable growth of the game so it can thrive in the long term.”

Meadow Park, the WSL team’s longtime home, will host their other matches, including domestic cup games.

This season, Arsenal recorded an average attendance of 52,029, which included two sell-outs and three WSL attendance records, across six women’s matches at the 60,704-capacity Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal sporting director Edu said: “There’s great passion for our women’s team right across our club.

“We are one club with a vision to win major trophies across our men’s and women’s teams.

“This move supports this ambition, and we can’t wait to continue this amazing journey with our supporters.”

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