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Arsenal set to break Champions League record

Arsenal Women will set a new record attendance in their Women’s Champions League second-leg tie against Wolfsburg.

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Arsenal set to break Champions League record
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Arsenal will set a record attendance for a Women’s Champions League match in the United Kingdom after announcing more than 60,000 tickets sold for their semi-final match against Wolfsburg.

Arsenal will welcome Wolfsburg for the Champions League second leg tie on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd, following their 2-2 draw in Germany in the first leg.

If all the supporters who have bought more than 60,000 tickets turn out to watch the match at the Emirates, it will surpass the current Women’s Champions League record of 27,697, which was set this season in Chelsea’s semi-final tie with Barcelona last Saturday.

It will also surpass the current attendance of 49,094 for any women’s game in the UK, which was set at Chelsea’s Women’s FA Cup win over Manchester City in May 2022.

Arsenal remain the only Women’s Super League club to win the Women’s Champions League, lifting the trophy in 2007.

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Brazilian defender Rafaelle (right) celebrating her goal for the Arsenal women during their 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg in the Women’s Champions League (Image credit: Getty Images)

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With the record in sight, Arsenal Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham thanked supporters for their support throughout the season.

“It’s wonderful news that such a huge match for us has sold out,” Vinai told the official website.

“We would like to say thank you to our supporters, with all available tickets sold for Monday’s match.

“We also say thank you for your fantastic support throughout the season – at Emirates Stadium, at Meadow Park and at grounds across England and Europe. It promises to be an exciting night in north London and we’re delighted that Jonas and our women’s first team will have the backing of so many supporters on this big occasion in the club’s history.”

If the Gunners make it past Wolfsburg, they will meet Barcelona in the final at Eindhoven’s PSV Stadium in the Netherlands on June 3.

Barcelona women, who beat Chelsea in the semi final, hold the world record attendance for a women’s match after 91,553 fans watched their Champions League quarter-final at the Nou Camp in 2022.

Jonas Eidevall’s side are currently suffering injuries and are without the services of captain Kim Little and vice-captain Leah Williamson, both ruled out for the rest of this season with hamstring and ACL injuries. They are also without forward Caitlin Foord.

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