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Arsenal in danger of setting lowest-ever Emirates attendance record against Eintracht Frankfurt


Arsenal play Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are in danger of setting the lowest-ever attendance record at the Emirates when they welcome Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.

The Europa League fixture arrives with Arsenal on a run of six games without a win and Unai Emery on the brink of the sack.

Eintracht were expected to attract 5,000 fans to London, but the away supporters have been banned from attending after crowd disturbances at their match against Vitoria Guimaraes last month.

The Evening Standard claim home supporters are not expected to flood the stadium amid a dismal spell of results and growing frustration with the board and Emery.

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Arsenal have 45,000 season ticket holders, but the Arsenal ­Supporters’ Trust believe the attendance could be lower than 30,000.

A spokesperson said: ‘Hands are tied with the ban on away fans and Arsenal unable to open the ticket exchange. We expect a significantly lower attendance and this shows the unhappiness amongst the fanbase.’

The official record for the lowest attended match at the Emirates is 44,064, when Arsenal played Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup in 2017.

However, the worst attended game is believed to be a December 2017 clash with BATE Borisov, when around 30,000 supporters were present.

Arsenal need a point to qualify for the next round of the tournament, but Emery is under pressure to boost morale with a win.

Emery has had to insist before the game he retains the full backing of the club, although reports claim the board are sounding out possible replacements.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is being tipped as the leading contender to take over from Emery.

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