Arsenal ticket prices on the rise

The Gunners, who have not won a trophy since 2005, maintain they

have given careful consideration to the rise, which is in line with

inflation and the 2.5% increase in VAT. Arsenal chief executive

Ivan Gazidis has pledged to “undertake an entire review of the

approach to ticketing” at Emirates Stadium. Gazidis accepts the

increase was a difficult call to make having frozen them for some

time. “We thought about this increase, the first in three seasons,

very carefully. We fully understand fans are facing rising costs in

many areas of their lives and their club faces the same issues,” he

said. “We have acted responsibly over the years to balance the

impact of even inflationary increases on our fans with the rightful

demand that we compete at the highest level and we will continue to

do so.” The Arsenal Supporters Trust recently wrote to the board

signalling their objection to the proposals. The north London club

also announced an additional 500 seats are to be made available for

their ‘Red Members’ at Premier League games, up from the current

figure of 1,500. Gazidis added: “We welcome suggestions from our

fans to build into our thinking. “Among others the Arsenal

Independent Supporters’ Association has presented a number of good

ideas to us. “Some of these ideas are already built into our

thinking for next season. “Others may take a little longer to

develop, but we are committed to responding positively to what has

been proposed.”