Arsenal fans group complain to Gazidis about ticket prices

An Arsenal fans' group have complained to chief executive Ivan Gazidis over the club's ticket prices.

An Arsenal fans' group have complained to chief executive Ivan Gazidis over the club's ticket prices.

The Daily Mail says the debate has gathered pace with the Gunners in the firing line after Manchester City sent back more than 900 tickets for Sunday's game at the Emirates because many supporters refused to pay £62.

This has been the price for visiting fans to watch a top game at Arsenal since prices were restructured in the summer, with the fixtures split into three price brackets depending upon the opposition.

The Daily Mail says the change has met with stiff opposition, with Arsenal fans who created the Black Scarf Movement in protest at price increases in 2010, particularly unhappy. They protested before a game in November and this week wrote to Gazidis.

"It appears that the full implications of last year's ticketing review are starting to hit home,' read the letter. 'From the season's start, the new ticket pricing structure was viewed with great cynicism. For many, it was a perceived case of giving with one hand, taking back (and then some) with the other.

"Of course reduced ticket prices for the lesser games are welcome, yet the flip side is the ever more extortionate pricing for our more glamorous fixtures. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find any football fan who considers the club's Category A prices (£62 to £126) reasonable.

"Was the overall plan of the ticketing review merely to address the increasing number of empty seats for our bread-and-butter games in the belief that Category A fixtures would sell out no matter what the price?

"The extremely slow ticket sales for Manchester City (indeed Manchester City fans even boycotting the fixture due to cost) and more empty seats at every game seem to indicate a misjudgement. We call for, at the very least, a freeze on all ticket prices for the 2013-14 season."

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