The Truth – Arsenal are cheaper to watch than Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and Man U.

It costs being a Gooner you know! Really?

So it’s that time of year again when the ‘Price of Football’ Report is compiled and published to the world to dissect and digest.

BBC Football

Once again the knives are out and The Arsenal are in the firing line as usual.

Blah Blah Blah!!!

Blah Blah Blah!!!

Now I’m not defending the prices at The Emirates, as yes they are high,

Being a season ticket holder, (PS. thanks to the lovely guy keeping my seat warm for me) I know this.

But that’s the price you pay for quality.

Quality facilities, Quality team (on their day), Quality entertainment (well it’s always a roller coaster).

But as usual, the figures are again misrepresented.

They compare the prices across the country, which is not a level playing field.

We all know the premium that has to be paid to watch football in London. Real estate in London is up to three times (if not more!!) the price versus the North West, therefore building a stadium and all the facilities that go with that cost at least three times the price.

Emirates Stadium – £390 million (60,000 cap)

City of Manchester Stadium – £130 million (55,000 cap)

Wages are higher, therefore police, stewards, ground staff etc costs are higher.

Stewards cost more

Therefore, it just costs more to run a match day in London.

But on top of all this, they miss the fundamental difference between The Arsenal season ticket and that of all the rest of the premier league…….

From £1000 and up

From £1000 and up

At The Arsenal you get 26 games with your season ticket.

19 Premier league games and the first 7 home FA Cup/Champion League games.

The rest (except the spuds, who get 21 games and I presume the 2 extra games are for London Counties Cup or something like that !!) you get 19.

But explaining this fact, doesn’t meet the tabloid criteria, therefore it is overlooked and The Arsenal are slated, as usual, on half truths & misinformation.

So taking these factors into consideration I’ve done my own comparison;


Arsenal: Number of games- 26

Spurss: Number of games -21

Chelsea: Number of games -19

Arsenal: Season ticket price (most common) – £1014

Spurs: Season ticket price (most common) – £880

Chelsea: Season ticket price (most common) – £750

Arsenal: Cost per game – £39

Spurs: Cost per game- £41.90

Chelsea: Cost per game- £39.47

So, you are worse off watching your football at White Hart Lane or with the Russian.

But you knew that anyway

Yep haha

Yep haha


Arsenal: Number of games- 26

Liverpool: Number of games -19

Man U: Number of games – 19

Arsenal: Season ticket price (most common) – £1014

Liverpool: Season ticket price (most common) – £869

Man U: Season ticket price (most common) – £703

Arsenal: Cost per game – £39

Liverpool: Cost per game- £45.74

Man U: Cost per game -£37

Cost of Living:


Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) £1,978.78


Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) £1,579.11


Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) £1,388.55

Therefore, Sousers, based on disposable income are approximately 20% worse off than Londoners, therefore the price of their ST should be 20% lower than Arsenal’s.

By my reckoning that means the common match day ticket should be £31.20.

But at £45.74, Liverpool fans are relatively £276.26 (32%) worse off by watching Liverpool week in week out.

Similarly, Mancunians are 30% worse, therefore should pay £27.30 to watch a game, but by paying £37 a week, are relatively 24% worse off than us Gooners.

Looking at it that way, we Gooners don’t get to bad a deal, but this version doesn’t make sexy reading in The Current Bun, so this version doesn’t get reported.

You know its worth it

You know its worth it

Let me conclude with this gem from the brilliant Andy Kelly (@Goooner_AK) over at Arsenal History, that was left in a comment on a blog from Tim yesterday which this blog is in part to respond to!

“Since Arsenal moved to the Emirates, ticket prices have risen 17.% (including a 2.5% VAT increase that was beyond their control). Wages have risen 23.8% in the same period.”

“In real terms it’s getting cheaper to watch Arsenal.”

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14 Responses to The Truth – Arsenal are cheaper to watch than Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and Man U.

  1. Cou October 16, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Only an Arsenal fan would defend the pathetic prices for modern football. Twisted methods and shoddy defense of the ridiculous prices Arsenal charge to see your team. How about away prices? Arsenal are kings there too.

  2. Victor Thompson October 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    Ingenous. Well done


  3. Tom October 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    Spot on.
    Can you send this article to EVERY tabloid and Talksport to shut them the F*** up please.

  4. Anon October 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    You are 100% correct when you say “Arsenal are cheap”.

  5. Mark October 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    This would be a half decent article if it wasn’t for your puerile names for Arsenal’s rivals. If you are going to write a serious article and want to be taken seriously then grow up. The crucial point is, Arsenal are far too expensive and with the amount of JLCs in the corporate boxes prepared to pay a fortune so that they can tell their mates down the golf club that they support ‘The Arsenal’ prices should be subsidised elsewhere. Being slightly better value than ‘spuds’ and ‘chavs’ is simply not a reason to celebrate. Why not pretend you have left school, re-write the article and send it to a newspaper and see whether they’ll print it – you maybe surprised.

    • Dave Seager October 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

      Evening Frostie. Dave

    • Dave Seager October 16, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

      Mark in all serious it is a well researched and valid analysis and does deserves to be read. I edited and should have amended which I have now done.

      Thanks (You Spud!)


    • Wellmington October 16, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

      Morning Mark
      Not used to writing serious pieces, so default is Spuds & Chav
      Cheers for your comments
      I agree being slightly cheaper than Spurs & Chelsea is not s huge celebration, but according to the tabloids we are twice the price, not on parity
      And when it comes down to it, you would expect to pay the same in London for the same product (results aside)

    • Zwi Ramu October 17, 2015 at 12:08 am #

      Mark, it’s clear that the article doesn’t dispute the high level of ticket prices. It raises the valid point that the media reports Arsenal ST prices in a misleading way. You’re clearly passionate about the lowering of prices at football matches in the UK, but it wouldn’t hurt to, at the very least, acknowledge the point being made.

  6. Astro October 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm #

    you have a point there Steve Wellman because the more expensive a city is the most cost of entertainment compared to cities that are less expensive. if arsenal was to be in a city that is less expensive order than London eyes will not be raised.

  7. mike October 16, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    Kolo Toure (£150,000) Centre Back
    In 2002 a twenty year old Ivorian named Kolo Toure
    arrived for a trial. He played 37 games in our
    Invincible season. The story told by Ray Parlour
    about Kolo’s trial game, is worth repeating for those
    who may not know this hilarious story:
    …the Kolo Toure trial
    Parlour claims that Arsene Wenger likes to play
    trialists in small games, so he set up Martin Keown
    and Kolo Toure to play against Thierry Henry and
    Dennis Bergkamp. Not long into the trial and the
    ball’s played into Thierry Henry. From nowhere Kolo
    has come running in and taken Henry out from
    behind with a terrible tackle, a two footed tackle that
    would have been a red card in a game. Our best
    players rolling around on the ground and Arsene
    Wenger’s shouting: “Kolo, Kolo what are you doing,
    don’t tackle, don’t tackle”. Well Kolo Toure is all ‘sorry,
    sorry, sorry’.
    Henry and Bergkamp had swapped now and the ball
    goes into Dennis. Kolo Toure does the same thing,
    two foots Dennis Bergkamp. We’re all saying, ‘oh my
    god this is terrible, our two best players, how are we
    going to win the league if our two best players have
    been taken out by a trialist?! He must be working for
    somebody else…..’.
    Anyway, Wenger starts shouting, ‘’okay, okay no more
    tackling, no more tackling’’. Kolo Toure’s going ‘yes,
    yes, yes, sorry boss, sorry, sorry…’ Anyway the ball
    comes in and Kolo Toure makes a great tackle and
    the ball flicks up in the air.
    Now in these games Arsene Wenger would stand in
    between the midfield and the forwards to look at the
    movement. And so there he is: the ball’s gone up in
    the air and Kolo’s keeping his eyes on the ball and as
    the balls in the air where does it land? Right by
    Wengers foot and he’s only gone and two footed
    Arsene Wenger!! Proper tackle, he’s taken him out
    and all you can hear is ‘ooh, agh, ooh, agh….’ The lads
    are like, oh my god this is unbelievable, the trialist
    has taken out Henry, Bergkamp and Arsene Wenger
    on his trial. Now Wengers had to limp off to the
    medical room. So Kolo Toures nearly crying, he’s
    going “oh no, I can’t believe it”. But he’s taken out our
    two best players and the Manager.
    Next day I go to the medical room and Arsene
    Wenger is sitting there with a big ice pack on his
    ankle. I felt sorry for Kolo so I said to Arsene, “I don’t
    think he meant to kick you like that boss”. Arsene
    goes “what, look at my ankle” and he’s got a big lump.
    I said, “Boss I don’t think he meant it”. Wenger said, “I
    know he didn’t mean it. I like his desire, I’ve decided
    to sign him………..”

    • Dave Seager October 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

      Not sure it relates to the blog but thanks mate for that funny interlude

  8. Andy Kelly October 17, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    Digging around this morning I found out that for a Category B game in the Premier League:

    Arsenal have 24,000 seats prices at less than £41.

    Tottenham have about 7,000 (which is being very generous based on 4,500 in south stand lower and 2,500 restricted view seats in east lower).

    Chelsea have none.

    And Liverpool (remember we’re told it’s cheaper up north) have none.

    Arsenal have some very expensive seats but they are the exception not the norm.

    • Wellmington October 17, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      My point exactly. The press focus on the minor high ticket prices but do not focus on the majority which are on parity or cheaper that the rest

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