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Expect many Arsenal fans in Eindhoven when the Gunners face PSV on Tuesday, 12 December, in their final group game in this season's Champions League.
The Gunners are always safely through to the last 16, meaning the Arsenal fans in Eindhoven will be able to relax and enjoy all that the city has to offer.
If you are an Arsenal fan in Eindhoven on Tuesday, then here is everything you need to know.
How many Arsenal fans are going to Eindhoven?
Arsenal were given an allocation of 1625 tickets for the match in Eindhoven and all of these tickets were sold out to season ticket holders with 5+ loyalty points. Given the small allocation and how easy Eindhoven is to get to, it is anticipated that there will be some Arsenal fans in Eindhoven without tickets.
As a result, there could be upwards of 2000 Arsenals fans in Eindhoven on matchday.
Where do the Arsenal fans sit in the Philips Stadion?
The PSV away section is based in the North West corner of the Phillips Stadion. Arsenal fans will be tucked away in the upper tier, meaning their presence will be hard to be felt on the night. The stadium is very steep so fans are advised to be careful if standing, particularly if a late winner goes in!
Interstingly, Arsenal fans will be directed to enter through an alternative route to the stadium, which is standard for all visiting supporters at the Philips Stadion.
There is a tunnel which feeds into the away end which Arsenal fans will have to go down so that police can minimise the contact between them and the PSV supporters.
Full fans' matchday guide for PSV vs Arsenal
If you've never been to Eindhoven, then you're in for a treat. Although it isn't one of Europe's largest cities, it is one of the most pleasant. If you're one of the Arsenal fans in Eindhoven, below is some advice on where to go for a drink and how to pick up your match ticket.
Where to eat and drink for Arsenal fans in Eindhoven
Eindhoven is a lively city with bars and restaurants throughout. Market Square is always a popular spot for away fans due to its centrality and close proximity to the stadium. Having said that, the Phillips Stadion is based in the city centre so you aren't going to be too far away from the stadium regardless of where you decide to spend your day.
Here are three pubs that typically prove to be popular with away fans in Eindhoven:
- O'Sheas Irish Pub – Jan van Lieshoutstraat 9, 5611 EE Eindhoven, Netherlands
- The Trafalgar – Dommelstraat 21, 5611 CJ Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Grand Cafe Centraal – Markt 8, 5611 EB Eindhoven, Netherlands
It is worth noting that if you don't find a pub to drink in, then drinking alcohol on the streets or even carrying alcohol is prohibited. Please respect the rules of the city when visiting.
Ticket collection info for Arsenal fans in Eindhoven
Arsenal have confirmed that a large number of supporters will have to collect their tickets in Eindhoven to ensure that match tickets are falling into the right hands and not being sold on by touts. The ticket collection point is at O'Shea's Irish Pub, which is handy because it is also one of our recommended pubs in Eindhoven.
The ticket collection point is only a 15-minute walk to the Phillips Stadion, so there is no need to plan your day around it. Ticket collection will be open from 12pm (CET) until 6.30PM (CET) and supporters will need to bring identification that matches the details on Arsenal's ticketing system in order to get their match ticket.
How to get to the Philips Stadion for Arsenal fans in Eindhoven
As mentioned, the Phillips Stadion is based right in the middle of Eindhoven, so it couldn't be easier to get to for fans staying in the city. Most fans will choose to walk. However, the stadium has a bus stop outside, so you should be comfortable getting public transport.
For fans staying outside of Eindhoven, you must get on a train to Eindhoven railway station and then take a short walk to the Phillips Stadion. The stadium is less than half a mile away from the train station.