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Misinformation about Arsenal in BBC Sport Price of Football

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A little lunchtime rant here.

We all know football is too expensive. We all know Arsenal is up their amongst the most expensive. Our Category A most expensive ticket is ludicrous and prices out many fans, and season tickets starting at £1014 hits the pocket hard.

Every year the BBC do their Price of Football. I actually think it is brilliant to see exactly what all clubs are charging, from match tickets to a cup of tea. But then I get annoyed. Annoyed at the misreporting of the Arsenal season ticket.

It should be common knowledge by now that Arsenal fans get 26 games for their season ticket. 19 home games, 7 cup games. So for our £1014, we get 26 games.

To put this in comparison, Arsenal pay an average of £39 per game. Chelsea’s cheapest season ticket is £750. This works out to £39.47 per game. Only pennies in it, but Arsenal’s is cheaper.

What this leads to is misinformed tables like this on the BBC:

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So even though the BBC know that Arsenal fans get 26 games (it is in the small print at the end of the article) they still create a data table without taking this into account. This then leads to others using the data

So What has happened here is they have taken Arsenal’s season ticket cost – £1014 – and dividend it by how many Premier League home games there are – 19. This completely ignores the fact that Arsenal get an additional 7 home games.

Once you add on the goals scored in the first 4 Champions League fixtures (7) and first 3 FA Cup home games (6) you end up with Arsenal fans paying £23.04 per goal. Still expensive, but now only 3rd most expensive.

And when did pounds per goal become a thing? It seems to me to be a statistic for statistics case. For all intents and purposes, you can win the league scoring 26 goals; 26 1-0 wins & 12 0-0 draws. At that point the goals per game would be nearly £30. But you end up with the league title. It really is a pointless table.

One last thought, maybe Arsenal should become better at manipulating the statistics like Manchester United and Manchester City.

Manchester City always have one of the lowest ‘cheapest’ season ticket prices – currently £299. But what they do not declare is how many of these are available (very few) and that this price does not guarantee you the same seat every game. So they have around 100 tickets available each year for low prices where one day you cloud be down by the North-East corner flag, the next game up in the Gods completely opposite.

Unlike Arsenal, Manchester United do not get cup games included in the cost of their season ticket price. Instead, they have to set up a direct debit with the club which automatically takes money out for any home FA Cup or Champions League tie. If for whatever reason, the club are unable to take the direct debit (such as lack of funds) the club are entitled to suspend the home season ticket holder for one league home game. So Man U season ticket holders could be forced to buy an extra 10 tickets (if they made the FA Cup QF & Champions League SF). An additional cost of £280.

I do not mind people bashing Arsenal for ticket prices. It is right and fair. But the way the media continually make it appear that Arsenal are the Bad Guys of Football Tickets with misleading information and articles with more pictures of Arsenal fans then any other – a recent article I read on ticket prices had 4 pictures, all of Arsenal fans – is lazy journalism and frankly wrong.

Let’s start reporting the facts properly.

Keenos

 

The Arsenal and Me – Trond’s Story

How did it start? And when?

I’m really not sure. It was the early seventies, the very early seventies. I would guess sometime in 1972. A small kid with the universal dream of becoming a professional footballer in England chose Arsenal as his favorite team.

Why Arsenal?

Don’t know that for sure, either. Maybe because my best friend at the time was an Arsenal fan (or became one at the same time I did). Maybe it was the shirts – for sure the coolest and best-looking strip in the English 1st Division.

Was The Double in 1970/71 part of the reason?

I don’t think so. It was probably the red shirts with the white sleeves and the cool cannon that clinched it.

Plus Charlie George, as cool as they came.

Which means I was a young boy coming of age, supporting The Arsenal through the seventies and eighties. That was rough sailing.

Back then, being an Arsenal supporter (or supporter of any English team in the north of Norway) was hard work. Norway’s only TV channel, NRK, Norway’s BBC (well, not really), showed a handful (10-15) of games throughout the worst winter months. News from England about your favorite team was hard to come by. Twitter was still a few years away. Our only TV channel treated English football in a random manner. At worst it could actually take 2-3 days to get to know the score from last Saturday’s match (if we weren’t able to tune into BBC on the radio on Saturday afternoon).

Now, if there is a slight delay in the transmission – or if I am watching on a lagging stream – I can learn on Twitter about a goal being scored a few (milli-)seconds before I actually get to see it.

I could give you loads of descriptions of how terrible life was for an «arctic» Arsenal supporter – or for anyone – back then, and up here. Imagine wanting to run outside to emulate my heroes’ achivements, only to be met by black darkness in the middle of the day, and a couple of meters of snow…for months and months.

Anyway, the worst problem with being a sub-arctic Arsenal supporter in the seventies was – obviously – the results.

To jump ahead: After The Magic Night at Anfield in May 1989, my level of support, or should I say willingness to spend time following the Arsenal, waned. I was/am not a fan of the Graham era. Sorry. I like my football like I (used to) like my drinks: Plentyful. I’d rather see Arsenal win 5-4 than 1-0.

Enter Arsène.

Oh yeah, I quickly became an AKB. Still is, will always be. Probably annoying and naive, but there it is. I am not one to change my mind easily.

With Arsène football became fun again. Arsenal became fun again. Exciting. Thrilling.

Still, it would take another almost 10 years until I went to Highbury for the first – and only – time (going to London, spending a night or two in a hotel, paying for tickets – it sets you back a few quid). It was Arsenal vs. Juventus in the Champions League on a fantastic London night in March of 2006. The night Cesc really came of age, leaving mentor Vieira on his arse, and scoring a goal. The night Pirès made a tackle. And the feeling of floating above the North Bank when Henry scored his magic goal, putting Arsenal 2-0 up…I am a big and very tough man, but a few tears escaped my eyes then.

Nah, it was the wind and the chill, of course it was.

And I was bitten – my visit to Highbury gave me The Sickness, and I have been to The New Home of Football several times, soaking up the feeling of London, North London, The Arsenal.

I hope to be back soon – actually just a few days ago my Arsenal supporting wife made the point that it is too long since we went to see The Arsenal.

Lucky man, huh? Both an Arsenal supporter and married to a girl who enjoys going to the games (almost) as much as me.

Now all that is missing is a trophy.

Over to you, Arsène.

Trond

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Premier League the most competitive in Europe

On Whatsapp I have a group chat which includes me, my step dad and my brother. We talk a lot of Arsenal before and after games and general football. Different European subjects that come up and also domestic issues in the press at that time. We all have different opinions and I enjoy it.

The other day my step dad posted a BBC link about the new gigantic BT European football deal and the basis of it was saying that the richest clubs in the game are only going to get richer. Obviously this is true but the article reads like the English Premier League is over for the foreseeable future, the top 5 or 6 will be separated from the rest and we will never again see a team challenge for the top 4, a team like Everton or Villa for example. I’m not sure I agree with this sentiment and my reasoning for thinking this way is the results we have in the Premier League every single week.

So far this season off the top of my head we have seen City beaten by Sunderland and Cardiff and Villa, United have been beaten by West Brom, Everton beat Chelsea, Southampton beat Liverpool at Anfield and of course one of the funniest results so far, West Ham beating Spurs 3-0 at Shite Hart Lane. We were even beaten by Villa on the first day of the season but we all know the ref was to blame……that’s my story and im sticking to it.

Our league is so incredibly competitive that I cannot believe someone would write off a team challenging to fight their way into the top. Football is so much more than money, I know it is a big part of the game and in most cases you could decide the final league table on their total wage bills and probably end up being not fair off correct, but its wrong just to write off all competition because the top clubs are going to be earning more money from this deal. Football is about coaching, tactics, surprise subs made by good managers and fans roaring on their teams in home stadiums. There are some teams in our league who have fantastic managers who put great teams together on shoe string budgets. They play wonderful football and create problems for all the big sides. I cant see our league suffering as a result of this money, and in fact it could even filter through our league to make the so called smaller clubs more financially better off.

It shows BT are big players and will challenge Sky for the Premier League rights, this could mean a bigger deal and more cash for the clubs the next time renewal date comes around. Our league does things correct when it comes to domestic TV deals as we spread the money throughout the league in as fair way as we possible can. The below graphic shows that every clubs has an equal share of domestic TV income and also an equal amount from overseas TV income, this is what clubs in the league earned last season.

This graphic proves that our league is the fairest in Europe when it comes to the earnings each club receives, the ratio from the top teams United earnings and the bottom teams QPR is 1.53/1. In La Liga the ratio is 14/1 and Serie A it is 10/1, Germanys Bundesliga is our closest rival at 2/1.
The clubs at the bottom are still getting parachute payments from the Premier League.
Credit to SportingIntelligence.com for the graphic and info.

The worst team in the league this season will bank £60m in TV money, with the best claiming £95m. That is just the domestic deal. The Premier League will earn £2.5bn from foreign broadcasters over the next three years, and that is without really breaking China and India. Our league will only get stronger and be more competitive, You have teams like Cardiff spending £27 million and Norwich spending £30 million.

I know a lot of fans from England have become obsessed with the German league because of how they do things, they treat the fan with respect, they stand in stadiums and have cheap tickets, but they lack competition. Bayern Munich won the league last year by 25 points and lead the way this. They are the only side in Germany who have money, and are simply buying up the best players in Germany.

You cannot find the level of commitment and competition anywhere else in Europe that we find on our pitches every week. I wouldn’t swap our league for any other in the world because of the excitement and shocks we see. Im not saying we have a lot to learn from around the other European leagues, we clearly do, but we are the powerhouse and at the moment our football is second to none.

Norby