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Arsenal show tremendous bouncebackability

“But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward” ~Rocky Balboa, 2006

In football, you will lose games. It is part of the game. Even during Arsenal’s unbeaten season of 2004, we lost games. We lost both legs of the League Cup semi final to Middlesbrough. And in April, we were knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the space of just 3 days.

It is not about losing games, it is how you bounce back from losing games and keep moving forward.

In 2004, we did not let that double cup disappointment damage us. We got up and continued fighting, and ended the season with a gold Premier League trophy.

This season we have had some horrendous results.

  • An opening day loss to West Ham
  • Double Champions League disappointment to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos
  • Cheated at Chelsea
  • Smashed at Sheffield Wednesday

But after each defeat, Arsenal have bounced back.

The West Ham loss saw us go to Crystal Palace and win – how long ago does signing “we are staying up” feel?

After the Chelsea fiasco, it was a mid week destruction of Spurs. Our greatest night so far this season. And after Olympiakos, We went on a run which saw us beat Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

It is only the Zagreb game where we failed to win again straight after – the defeat against Chelsea.

Iain Dowie first coined the word bouncebackability in around 2004. It was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in the same year as greats such as ASBO and Chav.UntitledOver 10 years on from Dowie creating this word, it could become out buzzword for the season. For after every great defeat, Arsenal have a great victory.

And we showed it once more this weekend.

After our lowest point of not just the season, but a few years (probably since Bradford), we bounced back with a tremendous victory against Swansea.

OK, we rode our luck, Gomis bottling a one on one, and under other circumstances the 2nd goal would have been disallowed for a foul on a goal keeper, but 3-0 certainly did not flatter us.

It seems to be our new away tactic. It worked against Watford, and it worked again Saturday against Swansea. Defend. Let the opponents exhaust themselves, then hit them.

Whilst the pre-mentioned luck did play a part, it was world class goal keeping by Cech, and Bellerin running from London to Swansea quicker than it took my train to get home yesterday to get in to tackle Gomis as he rounded the goal keeper was not luck. Brilliant by both players.

Hector Bellerin could become Arsenal’s greatest ever right back.

And up next is away to Bayern Munich.

Arsenal can go to Munich without fear. Despite having been knocked out of the Champions League in both 2013 & 2014 against the German giants, they failed to beat us at the Allianz Arena on both occasions. An Arsenal victory and a draw the respective results.

The fans heading out there can expect a great week. Many of whom would have done an over nighter at Swansea, which in itself followed up a 3am return from Sheffield. These are the hard miles. And hopefully they are rewarded with a good performance on Wednesday.

And hopefully the fog does not delay their flights today too much!

Even if we go down the negative route, and end up getting spanked at Munich, we know this side has the mental strength to bounce back.

At Spurs in the League Cup, the discussion was “I would take the defeat against Chelsea to win tonight.” And it could be the same again. Would I take a defeat against Bayern Munich to guarantee a victory against Spurs? Of course I would. But let’s be positive.

Level on points with Manchester City
4 points ahead of Manchester United
8 points ahead of Spurs & Liverpool
14 Points ahead of Chelsea

We will lose more games this season. As will Manchester City. But remember, it is not how you lose, it is how you lose and move forward.

Keenos

 

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Could Arsenal follow Swansea and subsidise away fans?

Recently, Swansea City announced that they will be subsidising their away fans throughout the upcoming season, ensuring that they pay no more than £22 a ticket.

For a long time, we at She Wore have been huge supporters of the Twenty’s Plenty Campaign. A movement set up by the Football Supporter’s Federation and backed by most team’s supporter group’s to restrict away tickets to just £20.

Swansea’s move to subsidise their tickets is a brilliant move, and hopefully on that other clubs will follow. What is surprising (or not if you have half a brain) is how little it costs. Reports are that it is only costing the club around £300,000 a season. Taking into account that the Premier League has recently signed a new £5.1bn deal, which gives each club around £81m a year, £300,000 is peanuts.

Arsenal could, no they should, look at introducing a similar deal. Every club in the Premier League should.

Now I know what critics will say. Those people who when another club introduces something good, attacks them by saying “it wouldn’t work at Arsenal” and bring up a load of differences rather than simply say “good on them”.

What these critics will state is that it would not cost Arsenal £300,000 a season. It would cost a lot more. Swansea are never Category A for away games. Therefore, away tickets are cheaper. It has been reported that Swansea away fan’s paid an average of £33 last season. Meanwhile, Arsenal averaged £45.

On top of that, Swansea rarely sell out their allocation, often taking the lesser amount of tickets at away games. Whilst Arsenal take the maximum possible.

The cost for Arsenal to subsidise tickets for away fans would be a lot more than Swansea.

This is bollocks.

Yes, Arsenal would have to pay more in subsidies, and subsidise more tickets, but the amount it would cost the club would still be negligible.

My (albeit poor) maths show that tif the club decided to subsidise the away fans, mirroring Swansea to £22, it would cost around £1.25m.

Now in our mortal world, £1.25m is a lot, but in the football world, it is nothing. This season, Arsenal will make over £125m from Premier League and Champions League TV revenue. So it would be c1% of TV revenue going back to fans. £1.25m is a £25k a year salary to someone. It is Joel Campbell, or half a Flamini. It is nothing to the club, and even less once other revenue such as match day and commercial comes into it.

Arsenal could easily afford to subsidise away fans to the tune of £22 a game without it affecting anything.

Of course, another obstacle faced by the club would be the internal fighting between fans. If Arsenal decided to subsidise away fans, two issues would arise:

  1. Home fans would complain that they do not get a subsidy

The away fans are the heart beat of the club. A small group of fans who continually go above and beyond following their side. They are the ones who get a 5.30am train to Newcastle for a 12.45 kick off. Change their weekend plans at the last minute due a late scheduling change. Stand on the side of the M1 for 3 hours missing the game due to their mini bus breaking down. Return home at 2am on a Monday morning and having to get up for work in a few hours. Spend hundreds of pounds a year on rail tickets.

To home fans complaining, i would like to say this is a start, if clubs like The Arsenal can see that by reducing prices for our away fans has no real loss in revenue, they might think again about the home ticket prices, ok they will never reduce them as long as demand is as high but they might think about a needless increase to ticket and membership prices in the future. do not be selfish and complain about others benefitting because you do not yet benefit.

Many away fan’s also have home season tickets. Last year I spent around £4,000 following the club, home and away. It is an expensive hobby. Yes, it is my choice, but only an idiot would begrudge an away fan saving a little bit of cash.

  1. More fan’s would buy tickets and not go

In recent years, due to FA Cup Final credits, we have seen an increase in fans buying tickets and not going. Either attempting to sell them on via twitter (other social media platforms are available) or worse case scenario, taking the hit and not going.

One thing that stops this happening more regularly is the cost of ticket prices. Why pay £50 to buy a ticket for Norwich away just for an away credit and not go. It is something that many people can not afford.

However, reduce that to £22 and it becomes a bit more affordable. More fans will buy tickets just to get credits and not go. This will keep those with a lot of credits at the top, and reduce the amount of tickets available to those who do not have credits – often those without credits can only get away tickets to the expensive, middle of nowhere, on a Saturday morning games.

Whilst this is a bit more of a valid argument against dropping tickets, it is again something which should be disregarded.

Yes, some more fans will purchase tickets and look to shift them on, but this benefits those that they shift them on to (as long as they are charging face value) as the buyer then gets a cheaper ticket. So everyone benefits all round.

 

I applaud Swansea for taking proactive steps to reduce ticket prices. Anyone who puts up obstacles as to why Arsenal could not do similar need to take a long hard look at themselves. It is those people that allow the club a free ride, those people who will stop the pressure increasing on clubs and continue to accept the poor way that clube treat fans.

Well done Swansea, hopefully Arsenal and all other clubs follow suit.

Keenos

Man City Away – Ticket Pricing Scandal

So the news out today is that we are being charged a massive £58 to go Manchester City for the away game on 14th December. I don’t think any of us are really surprised at this but the whole away ticket issue has been on the forefront lately and it’s getting worse. We charged City £62 last season I believe which is just a colossal amount for an away fan to have to pay. Our club is just as bad and are not helping the situation.

It’s got to take us fans doing something to stop this happening. We need to change the thinking of clubs on the away fan ticket price otherwise where does it stop? Before long you will have spent £200 before even walking out the door on match tickets and trains. With you having to drink and eat when at the game the average fan will not be able to afford the away trips any more. The problem is that when you raise the issue of fans not going to the games and not buying their ticket their response is always the same, if I don’t go someone else will. I understand this and they are right but the only way we can send a message is to vote with our feet and not go to the game. Make sure our away attendance at this game is one of our lowest ever and then people will realise.

Our own club hasn’t helped this situation and in fact we have probably inflamed it with the introduction of categorised games. The class A games are the most expensive in the league and whilst I don’t agree with the prices we charge, what we make our own fans cough up is our own business. This should not interfere with the price we charge away fans, and in fact I believe there should be no difference throughout the league on what away fans are charged. All clubs should charge the away fans the same price, £30/35 at a maximum.
Its happening throughout the league, not just with the so called big clubs like City and ourselves, Norwich charged Arsenal fans double the amount we made their fans pay at our ground. The so called smaller clubs see a cash cow when the big teams roll into town and they know they can charge what they like, as our excellent away fans will pay it and be there regardless.

I know I’m asking for a lot on this and it will probably fall on deaf ears but I encourage all Arsenal fans to not go to the City game, go down the pub with your mates and put £58 into the whip instead, have a few beers and a laugh with your pals in the boozer rather than line the Sheikhs pocket even more.

How they can charge that much when they have one of the richest men in the world who owns their club, not only that but their ground was free and given to them by the council! At least we had to pay for ours out of our own pockets!

Clubs need to follow the lead of Newcastle, Swansea, West Brom, Hull and Palace who have all entered into pricing agreements with each other to ensure away fans do not get charged over the odds. Fans of both clubs will pay the same amount when visiting each other which is a perfect idea. Have a look into this here. Hopefully other clubs take note of this and follow suit.

Have a look at these guys as well, trying to change things for the better

Norby