Fans don’t need a Covid passport to go to Arsenal v Chelsea

In just 9 days time, Arsenal will face Brentford in the opening game of the season, and after having had a season without any supporters in the stadium the government have finally relented and are allowing season ticket holders back into the Emirates for our first home game of the season against Chelsea.

Fans will also be allowed to go to away matches as well, and Arsenal are due to receive an allocation of 1,725 tickets for next Friday’s game at Brentford Community Stadium, which should bring a much needed atmosphere back into the game.

The following Saturday afternoon when we face Chelsea, we are expecting to see a capacity crowd at the Emirates, and the big news is that it is not compulsory for supporters to show a vaccine passport to get into the ground, which was the ruling we were expecting from the government.

Arsenal have issued their ticket information for the big London Derby and said on the official website….


As part of our efforts to prepare fans for potential future entry procedures, on arrival to the stadium fans aged 18 and over may be asked if they have COVID certification. However, under the current guidance, demonstrating COVID certification is not mandatory and it not currently a condition of entry to the stadium.

We will inform ticket holders if there is any change in policy regarding the requirement to demonstrate COVID certification. Please click here for more information about how to provide proof of COVID status.

This though is only expected to be temporary, with reports saying the government are going to make the rule that providing proof of double vaccination will be required to enter nightclubs and other “crowded venues” from the end of September, with proof of a negative test not accepted.

But for visitors to watch Tottenham v Arsenal this week, it has announced they will trial the use of the NHS COVID pass for fans attending the pre-season friendlies against Arsenal on 8 August.

Supporters will have to prove they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative test within 48 hours of the game.

But this is only for Tottenham fans as no tickets are being allocated to Arsenal…


  1. potter says:

    Then it’s ticket exchange for me , I have no desire to go to football without logical security methods . As proven by the recent events at Wembley there are elements of crowds that will not exercise reasonable behaviour and having spent the last couple of years taking care of myself and my family I will not return until the September ruling is bought in.

    1. jon fox says:

      potter a perfectly understandable and sensible post you make. I will not even go in over crowded pubs or restaurants, though I do go in ones not overfull and airy, despite being double jabbed since MAY.

      Good and safe health comes way before attending football.

      Though I do believe that each person makes their own decision. I would not dream of foisting my wishes on others, as it is for each as individuals to decide.

  2. Kent says:

    So people are free to choose if they want the jab or not, but if they don’t take it, they are not allowed in public gatherings and will have to pay for a covid test every time they want to go. That’s not a free choice but a forced one, because you have to give up freedom and pay to socialise with others if you don’t take it.
    If the vaccine gives immunity, why are un-vaccinated people dangerous to the society?

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Yes, it’s insane some people think it’s perfectly fine that governments, employers, and some schools should have the rights to our bodies.

      Even IF the vaccine was safe, it’s still unacceptable having no choice, but the fact they are not safe, and some cases, ineffective, makes it even worse! The fact some shops can stay open and some cannot, some can travel, some cannot, etc, says everything you need to know about the complete oppression and tyranny we’re currently experiencing, and not a medical emergency. Apparently Covid cannot spread in the amongst the big corporations haha!

      And before I get attacked for stating yet more facts, I’m not anti-vax, I’m anti-stupidity!

      Roll on the 7th August in France. The French aren’t afraid of a revolution!

      1. SueP says:

        You do not know that they are not safe

        1. ThirdManJW says:

          So you are saying the vaccines are 100% safe then? Where did you get this information from?

          1. SueP says:

            I didn’t
            I am however prepared to take the risk
            So far, so good.

          2. ThirdManJW says:

            Lucky you then, because some have died, and more have been left with poor health now. Not surprising I guess, as we do not have ANY long-term data on these vaccines.

          3. SueP says:

            Some have died is correct. The percentage is miniscule but you choose not to share that information. There is always risk. About 20 people in the UK died from rare clots out of 80 million doses administered. The reality is that people have died from clots as a result of Covid. I imagine I have more chance of getting run over by a bus

          4. ThirdManJW says:

            No I have mentioned it, I think you’ll find it’s the media and government that do not mention it.

            The odds may be small, but tell that to thousands that are suffering, or the families of the deceased.

            Don’t you find it disgusting that perfectly healthy people have been pressured, and in some cases, forced to take the vaccine, for a a non deadly virus, that their immune system would have dealt with. So that’s healthy people dead, or with physical problems probably for life, for no reason!!!! And now they want to inject kids and babies!!!!!

            Absolutely disgusting!

      2. jon fox says:

        BUT YOU ARE AN ANTI VAX MAVERICK” No further debate but just putting right your lie, as you clearly ARE an anti vax maverick.

        And as for you being anti stupidily(horselaugh!!) I have rarely encountered a single person on JA more stupid than you where Covid is concerned.

        1. ThirdManJW says:

          I am not anti-vax, I am anti-stupidity!

    2. SueP says:

      Because the jab is not 100% effective. More likely 92/94% It doesn’t guarantee that you won’t catch it (albeit with a lot less likelihood of dying and becoming seriously ill). That leaves 6/8% who the jab won’t work for and there are many hundreds of thousands more of immunosuppressed people (through various diseases) who will probably not get more than 70% protection even if double vaccinated

      To me it’s about protecting myself and my husband who unfortunately for him suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis. The drugs that are necessary for him to function reasonably normally compromise his immune system. You can probably guess that until a much higher number of the 18-30 year old group get vaccinated we won’t be going inside a pub or restaurant, theatre or sports ground.

      You may not want to get the vaccine so that is your choice but why shouldn’t you take a test? I take a test every time I visit my relative in a care home. It’s commonplace to take tests a couple of times a week. Lateral flow tests are free. I don’t see why the vast majority of the vaccinated adult population should allow you to benefit from herd immunity just so that you can exercise your freedom not to have it. Covid has cost us all in some way or other

      1. ThirdManJW says:

        Let’s you had your 2nd, 3rd, 4th jab, god knows how many, and you then go to any number of different locations over the next few months, how do you know the jab worked for you?

        There is absolutely no guarantee that it has worked. Just like some years, the flu vaccine can be ineffective.

        I have no issue with testing, instead of forced vaccinations, but again, it has to be a test that is quick, easy and efficient. As we know, the PCR testing has been an absolute joke, so that couldn’t be an option.

        Also, the extreme measure of stopping the spread and chain of infection from Covid, for human safety via constant testing, would need to then be applied to influenza, hepatitis, HIV/Aids, norovirus, diphtheria, etc. If it’s truly about saving lives, as we’re constantly being told.

        Just think how many more we would then save.

        1. SueP says:

          I dont know that it has worked for me. But as infections and deaths etc are beginning to tail off now – even though society has opened up, then I guess that the vaccination program is working (and that is after the highly virulent Delta variant)

          Lateral flow tests are free in the UK They are easy to use and offer a reasonably high degree of accuracy. A result within 30 minutes. There is nothing to stop Kent from taking regular tests if he wants to party or go to a game.

          In the UK we are routinely vaccinated against diptheria as babies so it is very rare here. There are drugs for HIV Vaccines are offered I believe for certain hepatitis strains in the UK and flu vaccines are offered to the over 50s and vulnerable adults routinely. Not always successful but it does help to not overwhelm hospital beds annually

          I have followed your musings on Covid since the beginning. It is like flu according to you. I don’t know if you watched the tv footage of the panic and lack of oxygen in northern Italy as huge numbers died, some in hospital corridors. Then there are the half million plus Brazilians and Americans who have also died of Covid. At nearly 130,000 people in the UK who have perished from Covid I am absolutely in favour of the vaccine as at least 60,000 more have been saved according to statistics.

          Call me old fashioned, but I would rather take my chances with an emergency use vaccine than hope that I don’t end up on a ventilator, or suffer the debilitating consequences of long Covid. What do you think would have happened if we hadn’t locked down?

      2. Biscuitbum says:

        I am double vaccinated, and at present I intend to go. Unfortunately, we are going to have to live with this virus for another 5-10 years, maybe longer, so at some point we are going to have to pick up the threads of normal life, and perhaps even take a chance or two. I live 5 minutes from where Latitude was held, and that went extremely well. I am concerned about crowded trains, and especially the normal ‘Replacement Bus Service’ which operates from Ipswich every weekend due to the never ending engineering works.

  3. Sue says:

    Just Covid News….

    1. jon fox says:

      Some might consider that saving lives is more important to most people, possibly even on JA, than discussing football. Some may not and that seems to include you Sue.

      1. Sue says:

        FFS I’ve worked all through covid and have seen what it does to people. So don’t even go there!
        This article was supposed to be about going to matches. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you, SueP and TMJW won’t be attending… and only had this conversation the other day!!
        It’s up to the individual if they have the jab.. oh and FYI I’m double jabbed, not that I need to justify myself to you or anyone else! It’s up to the individual whether they have it or not!

        1. Dan kit says:

          What’s scary is the people that are against the jab and tell us to not believe mainstream media get their information from you tube 🙄
          It’s Abit like flat earthers they don’t believe technology and actually pictures form space but then counter their arguments with “but it’s on youtube “
          Can imagine these weirdos that are against the jab will be the first to complain if they catch it and will want priority over people that have actually been double jabbed if they need hospital help .

          1. SueP says:

            Dan kit
            It’s probably best to ignore Third man regarding Covid but it goes against the grain for me to read his views without having countering his argument

          2. Dan kit says:

            I don’t converse with him anymore sue p ,my reply was just a general comment 👍
            To many weirdos on this planet ,best stay away from them IMO ,they do more harm from their silly little agendas than people that have a proper brain and can think for themselves.

          3. Sue says:

            👍I don’t agree with them, Dan, but that’s up to them. It’s not up to me to preach to them to go and have the jab… all I know is I’ve done all I can to protect myself and those around me and vice versa. And that is all I’m saying on the matter.
            Oh and btw, I hope your Missus is well and her work has improved somewhat 🙂

          4. Dan kit says:

            Sue 👍
            Out of the covid wards and doing her normal job now ,6 month rotation she’s on falls clinic which is Pretty much older people that have had accidents but cases are rising every day from what’s she told me(we don’t go into details)in our local hospital.
            Had my second jab and was so ill for 3’days 🙄proper man flu .

          5. Sue says:

            Glad to hear she’s back in her normal job – let’s hope it stays that way.
            As far as work goes we just have to take each day as it comes – unfortunately covid isn’t going anywhere..
            Oh no not man flu, Dan 😬 I only had arm ache..

  4. potter says:

    And so it goes on Sue , I was going to make similar points but decided against it because once people have been duped into a scare story they dig their heels in and will never accept that they might be wrong.
    The incidence of illnesses attributed to the various vaccines are miniscule compared to the number of injections given but you won’t get it through to people like ThirdManJW because he is not listening to anything that doesn’t suit his position.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      No Im just following the science, and managing to think for myself.

      I would be worried for myself and others if we were dealing with a deadly virus, where people of all ages were equally susceptible, but we’re not. Influenza is more deadly, and can also kill babies and kids, whereas that’s not the case with Covid. I am far more scared of influenza.

      Unfortunately the masses believe the bs they are being fed. Remember that our government and laws are not a guide to human decency and morality:

      Holocaust was legal. People who hid Jews were criminals
      Slavery was legal. People who freed slaves were criminals
      Segregation was legal. People who stood up for equality and justice were criminals.

      So when they make experimental vaccines mandatory, just remember what you have just read.

      My favourite conspiracy theory is that the government cares about you.

      1. Biscuitbum says:

        But you are only able to take your stance because of the many millions who have been vaccinated. If there had been no vaccine, or had the pharmaceutical companies followed the usual tortuous route with new drugs, we would still be seeing many hundreds of deaths every day. The chances of you and me losing close friends and relatives would be high. I sometimes think that Covid deniers should be herded up and pushed off the edge of the world!

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