It’s that time of year, innit. Apart from Phil Senderos making all the right noises about signing a new long-term deal, we’ve got a particular dearth of Arsenal stories. There was an interesting – albeit brief – story on Sky Sports this morning about the cost of tickets at Arsenal this season and from now on. Some Arsenal fans are now openly questioning how high ticket prices can go, with the cheapest one at Highbury this season being something like £850. I know there have been grumblings of discontent up in Manchester about the price rises being foisted on United fans by the new board, but they should count themselves lucky. Our ticket prices are far, far higher.
Anyway, the report flagged up the fact (admittedly through anecdotal evidence) that there are now Gooners sharing season tickets – sometimes between three people – to make it more affordable. I’m not surprised, it’s wads of money. £850 is roughly 1/30th of the average UK annual wage. And the most expensive is £1,825. Say no more.
Frankly, I’m amazed by the stories coming out the club about how many Club Level seats have been sold. I was sure that they were priced beyond all but a few hundred wealthy fans (there are something like 6,000 Club Level seats in all), but it just goes to show how wrong I must be – either that, or the PR machine at Highbury is doing a fine job. It’s great that they’ll go, but at that price – it’s staggering stuff.
Anyway, that’s all I can muster this morning. Maybe more later, if there’s anything more to say. Maybe not, if there isn’t.