Arsenal have revealed they will discount all tickets for away games this season by £2.50 after concerns were voiced by the Premier League Supporters’ Trust about the treatment of travelling fans.
The move, which is welcome albeit a somewhat token gesture, marks a victory for the likes of the AST, AISA and the Black Scarf Movement who’ve all rallied hard to raise awareness of the spiralling costs associated with following The Arsenal over land and sea…and Leicester.
Last season Arsenal fans shelled out more than £50 to watch the Gunners at Spurs, Manchester City, Norwich and QPR and nearly £60 at Chelsea. Away fans at the Emirates, as was heavily documented when City supporters boycotted one game, faced similarly high prices.
Speaking about the development, Ivan Gazidis noted:
“This is an ongoing process. We’re pleased to be giving something back to our supporters who travel the length and breadth of the country to support the team away from home in the Premier League. They are the lifeblood of the Club and we want to recognise that in a fair and meaningful way.
“We are also taking steps to help make visiting supporters feel more at home when they visit Emirates Stadium.”
As a further show of goodwill, Arsenal are also set to offer the club’s away supporters a £10 refreshment voucher (to be redeemed at the Emirates) as a thank you for their continued cross-country loyalty.
[Insert gag about how many chips that will buy...]