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Friday, February 14
While FC Bayern Munich endear themselves, even further to their beloved fans, by subsidizing their trip to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal's fans have taken a different tact and may actually boycott the match all together.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal fans are being asked to stump up to a whopping £132 to watch their team take on the German giants in the Champions League round of 16 clash.
The english daily then claims that season tickets are the most expensive in the Premier League. It quotes Steven Maxwell, who already pays £1,995 for his season ticket, as saying;
I take no pleasure in doing this (not going to the match). It’s like fighting with a loved one. Arsenal are like a girlfriend who doesn’t love you back.
Arsenal Supporters’ Trust spokesman Tim Payton also told the paper:
We are very concerned. Season-ticket holders have already paid up to £2,000 in advance — the highest in world football. Their commitment deserves better. Arsenal’s grasping approach will have a detrimental effect on the noise in the ground, harming the team’s chances for an important game.
Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal’s chief executive) promised that when commercial revenues rose it would reduce ticket price increases. To date, those are just empty words.
To rub further salt into Arsenal's fans wounds, in mid-January, the Daily Mail revealed that Bayern were going to subsidize their fans' tickets for the match.
Instead of paying €75 for the privilege of watching the game at the Emirates, the 2,974 travelling Bayern fans will only have to pay €45. The Munich based club decided to subsidize the trip, to the tune of €90,000, as a thank you to their fans.
In a message posted on the club's website on Wednesday, as per the Daily Mail, they said:
For the 2,974 tickets made available by Arsenal, we have received 18,000 orders. The ticket price asked by Arsenal is £62 (€75) each.
The terrific support of the fans lifted Bayern [last year]. Particularly noteworthy is the large number of Bayern fans who not only supported the highlights, but were at every game.
The fact is that this loyalty at such a high number of games does not only take up a great deal of time, but it also tears a big hole in the wallet.
Bayern has therefore decided to subsidise the tickets for the away game at Arsenal with nearly €90,000.
Thus every Bayern fan who buy a ticket for the game in London on February 19 will pay only €45 (instead of the regular €75).
This is intended as a small thank you for your great support in 2013.
There is little doubt that Arsenal could learn a thing or three from Bayern given the evidence at hand.