Arsenal 16th in Premier League – for affordable season tickets
PUBLISHED: 17:43 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:01 28 July 2017
Arsenal ranks as one of the Premier League’s worst clubs for season ticket affordability, according to research.
Data from TicketGum.com found the average Islington-based Gooner would have to work 40 hours and three minutes to buy the cheapest season ticket, priced at £891.
That’s the 16th lowest in the league, and based on the average weekly Islington wage of £889.90 – though the borough is known for its huge rich/poor divide.
This season, there has been a 10 per cent reduction in Gunners season ticket prices, after Arsene Wenger’s side failed to qualify for the Champion’s League.
And an Arsenal spokesperson pointed out: “I think it is worth highlighting that in addition to all 19 home Premier League matches, our season ticket also includes the first seven home cup matches in European competitions and the Emirates FA Cup. So 26 matches in total for that price.”
One fan, Chris Godfrey, paid £1,045 for his first season ticket ahead of the upcoming campaign. He gave up smoking so he could afford it.
“The season ticket works out at about £90 a month,” he said. “I probably spend that on smoking. I would have had to cut back somewhere anyway, so it makes sense.
“Arsenal always has the most expensive season ticket in the land. It’s just the way football is going at the moment. But my 11-year-old self would never have forgiven me if I spurned the opportunity after being on the waiting list.”
Liverpool is worst for season ticket affordability, with the average fan having to work 48 hours and 18 minutes for a £685 season ticket. West Ham is the best, at 19 hours and 33 minutes for a £289 lowest priced ticket.
For the full table, see ticketgum.com/blog/premier-league-201718-season-ticket-affordability-league-table/
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