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The audience of 44, 064 that watched Arsenal’s defeat of Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night was lowest recorded turn out for a first team fixture at the Emirates Stadium.
The number of tickets sold for the third round tie was by some margin lower than the previous low of 46,539 for a league Cup match with Shrewsbury Town on September 20, 2011.
Those that witnessed the event at the Emirates on Wednesday night suggested that although tickets sold was 44,064, large sections of vacant seats suggested the attendance was even lower.
Arsenal had tried to persuade fans to buy tickets by offering tickets at a reduced price of £10 for adults and £5 for children, but the lure of coming out to see League One opposition was not strong enough.
And so it transpired, with the lowest gate since Arsenal relocated to the stadium from nearby Highbury back in 2006, despite 5,500 travelling fans from South Yorkshire.
Theo Walcott settled an entertaining contest in the 25 minute into the game, though Doncaster may well have forced extra time with a late rally.
Bournemouth were the only Premier League club hosting a Carabao Cup fixture this week with an attendant record higher than that of their most recent home Premier League match.
The audience of 10,372 that witnessed the game against Brighton was precisely three more than the number that attended the Premier League fixture between the two sides last Friday.
Arsenal’s crowd was 15,198 down on their most recent league games, while Manchester United’s was down 20,786 and Tottenham’s a whopping 41,540.