Sitting apart but united in melody, Arsenal supporters restored a semblance of normality to an English stadium.

Iran PressEurope: Even the customary chanting against its north London rival — “Stand up if you hate Tottenham” — was back.

The fans had waited 271 days to return to the Emirates Stadium and to see Alexandre Lacazette run over to celebrate in front of them. Just as he did against West Ham in March, Lacazette scored first in a 4-1 win against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.

The lucky 2,000 fans inside Emirates Stadium on Thursday were the first spectators allowed into a top-level competitive game in England since March 11 — the day the coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the WHO(World Health Organization) Sports then shut down and stadiums were closed to spectators once competitions eventually resumed.

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