Ivan Gazidis has told the Arsenal Supporter’s Trust that the club have considered the consequences of Arsenal playing in the Europa League, and what that might mean for season ticket holders, ticket prices etc.
Unless Liverpool or Man City stumble, Arsenal will be facing a season without Champions League football for the first time in 18 years.
The top table of European football means clubs are offering that fare to fans, whereas a group stage against some of the lesser lights does not hold anywhere near the same appeal.
The AST wrote to the Arsenal chief executive to lay out their proposals regarding ticket pricing, the key points of which are:
- The three UEL Group stage games are not included in the Season Tickets. These should be treated similarly to League Cup games and priced at £10 and £20 with a general sale taking place for all fans. Season Ticket holders would be given first choice to purchase their existing seats.
- The subsequent UEL knock-out games to be priced at category C and B.
- The usual season ticket with seven cup tie credits should continue to apply and these seven cup tie credits to include all FA Cup games and the final knock-out stages of the UEL. This would work as is standard practice now with credits/debits being issued at the end of next season depending on how many home cup ties are played.
Their full communication to Gazidis can be read here, and his reply was as follows:
“Many thanks for your thoughtful letter about pricing for next season. Although it is something we don’t want to happen, we have obviously given this a good deal of thought both this season and in previous years.
“I can assure you that the key objectives you have identified – fairness and strong attendances – underpin the work we have done in this area. Should we end up in the Europa League we will announce our plans swiftly so people know what is happening.”
It’s good to know he’s still alive, I guess, having still not made any public comment about the future of Arsene Wenger whose contract is just six weeks away from expiration.
And quite what the club have planned we won’t know until after Sunday, but hopefully results go our way so we don’t have to find out.