5,306 Royals fans will follow Stam's side to the Emirates!At 9.16am this morning, the last of the tickets in our full and final allocation of 5,306 for the Royals' EFL Cup Fourth Round fixture at Arsenal was sold.
Tickets went on sale on Monday morning and by 5pm that afternoon, more than 4,000 Season Ticket holders had purchased their seats at The Emirates Stadium for the cup clash against Arsene Wenger's men later this month.
Steady sales to more Season Ticket holders throughout yesterday left less than a couple of hundred tickets available, which (besides several pairs of wheelchair access tickets which still remain on sale to disabled supporters) were all snapped up in a matter of minutes when the game went on sale to Members at 9am this morning.
A recent rule change means the away supporters’ allocation in the EFL Cup has dropped from 15% to 10%. This means the closest number of tickets to 10% that Arsenal can offer to visiting clubs is 5,306 (including capacity for disabled supporters). This is due to the physical segregation configuration within Emirates Stadium and represents just under 9% of the capacity of Emirates Stadium.
So the Clock End Lower Tier will be awash with blue and white hoops on Tuesday 25th October as Reading look to reach the quarter-finals stage of the competition… can we claim a huge scalp when we visit the Emirates, and match our very best performance in this tournament to take a place in the last eight?
The Gunners were our opponents on each of our last two appearances at this stage of the competition. And they will, of course, offer formidable opposition. The Gunners only entered in the Third Round, owing to their involvement in Europe, but swept Nottingham Forest aside with a 4-0 win last month.
Our route to Round Four began at the first stage, and came courtesy of home wins against Plymouth and MK Dons – the latter requiring extra-time and penalties – before ten men put paid to Brighton’s involvement at the Amex with a 2-1 win!
Despite their success in recent decades, it is the one domestic trophy which still eludes Arsene Wenger; George Graham was the Gunners’ gaffer last time they lifted the trophy in 1993 – they have been to two finals since, but lost to Chelsea in 2007 and Birmingham in 2011.
Meanwhile, for the Royals, this tie offers us a chance to get our name into the hat for the quarter-final draw for just the third time in our history – and the very first time in the Madejski Stadium era.