Arsenal sets new WSL attendance record

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Arsenal set a new Women’s Super League (WSL) attendance record of 59,042 for yesterday’s (Sunday) clash against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium. 

The record-breaking crowd watched Arsenal beat Chelsea 4-1 with goals from Beth Mead and Amanda Ilestedt, and a brace from Alessia Russo. A consolation goal for the visitors came from Johanna Rytting Kaneryd.

Yesterday’s figure topped the previous record of 54,115 set earlier this season against Liverpool, also at Emirates Stadium.

It was revealed last week that ticket sales had been strong for yesterday’s fixture.

“The support we’ve seen for our women’s team has been incredible, and is felt by everyone associated with our club,” said Vinai Venkatesham, chief executive of Arsenal.

“Breaking our own WSL attendance record is another landmark moment. We’re proud of our women’s team, our fantastic supporters, and our passionate people across our club – all of whom have contributed to this moment. The hard work that got us here will continue as we remain focused on nurturing the connection with our supporters.”

He added: “It’s been encouraging to see attendances and broadcast viewing figures grow this season across the WSL. We want to ensure that we drive this level of support consistently, season after season, as we continue to accelerate the sustainable growth of the women’s game.”

The next WSL fixture to be played at Emirates Stadium will be against Manchester United on February 17, with more than 25,000 tickets sold so far. The club added that this was Arsenal’s fastest-selling women’s game to date.