How Arsenal test their level of support with six games at Wembley

On this day in 1998 Arsenal’s application to play Champions League games at Wembley was approved.  Arsenal played three group stages matches at Wembley in 1998/9, and again in 1998/2000, and every match saw a crowd of over 70,000 in the ground – although the results were not that positive.
But the experiment proved that Arsenal could attract big crowds, and it was this, as much as anything else, that pushed forward the notion of Arsenal moving.  Whether that would be to Wembley on a permanent basis or to a new stadium on the M25, or (as of course eventually happened) to a new ground almost next door to Highbury was then the point of debate.   But yes, it had been shown.  Despite the downturn in crowds which had seen crowd averages down around the 30,000 mark – often lower – since 1974, Arsenal now did have the sort...

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