• Emirates game delayed by 30 minutes after ticketing trouble
  • Club has migrated to an all-computerised system this season

Arsenal’s opening game of the Premier League season against Nottingham Forest was delayed by 30 minutes after problems with the Emirates’ new ticketing system left thousands of supporters waiting outside.

Some estimates suggested as many as 35,000 fans were still to enter the stadium at 12.30pm, when the match was due to kick off. The scenes outside were chaotic but largely good-tempered as it became apparent an e-ticketing setup not previously used at a top-flight game had crashed. It was clear as the appointed start time approached that the opening stages of the match would be played to swathes of empty seats if kick-off was not delayed.

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