Arsenal send out rare text message to ALL fans just hours before Man Utd clash with urgent request

ARSENAL fans woke up on Saturday morning looking forward to a mouthwatering Premier League clash against Manchester United.

But when they checked their phones, they would have seen a text message from the club with an unusual request.

Gunners supporters attending the game were personally contacted by the club just hours before kick off.

The club pleaded with fans to get to the Emirates with plenty of time to spare in order to avoid queues and help create a special atmosphere in north London.

The message read: "Please arrive early for today's game to avoid queues. Get here early, get behind the team and raise the roof #COYG."

While the text itself wasn't particularly untoward in the wording, fans were left confused due to the club rarely ever contacting them with messages before a game.

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One bemused supporter wrote on social media: "Just had a text from the Arsenal saying get there early," with multiple laughing emojis.

Meanwhile another said: "I’ve just had the same text! Don’t usually do that."

A third was so confused by they asked online if anybody else had received the message, writing: "Anyone else just get that Arsenal text?", followed by a laughing emoji.

Mikel Arteta's side welcome Manchester United to the Emirates with the chance to regain fourth spot this afternoon.

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The Gunners are currently level on points with Tottenham meaning a win or draw would see them jump above Spurs, with Antonio Conte and Co in action at 5.30pm against Brentford.

And in a welcome boost Arteta is set to reintroduce Takehiro Tomiyasu to his starting line up.

The Japanese international has been sidelined for close to four months with successive calf injuries.

Arteta told reporters yesterday on Tomiyasu: If he trains today and he feels good, he will be available tomorrow."

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