Arsenal Women will play their season opener against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, the club confirmed yesterday. The fixture, which takes place over the weekend of 4-5 September, will be the the first league match Arsenal will have played at the Emirates since the 2013 WSL season. Arsenal have played some friendlies at the Emirates, including last weekend against Chelsea in a match the Gunners won 2-1.
Arsenal will also host Tottenham at the Emirates during the last weekend of March. Two North London Derbies have been played at the Tottenham Hotspur Toilet Bowl Arena, where Arsenal have ran out comfortable winners on both occasions. The first match, during the 2019-20 season, set a record for WSL attendance, with over 38,000.
Both fixtures take place during an international break in the men’s game, freeing up availability. With Arsenal men’s first team not in European competition this season, it also frees the stadium for availability during the middle of the week, meaning there are plans for the Emirates to host a UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage game, should Arsenal qualify.