I am not saying that Arsenal should be rubbish and never win the Premier League, or that we should fail to win an FA cup game at home and have to squeeze an unwanted replay into an already congested fixture list and then have that game go into extra time which we would then lose just as the penalty shoot out was looming. That is an example set by Liverpool that we should definitely not follow.
The example I mean is the one set by the Liverpool fans who staged a mass walkout of their Premier League match against Man City last weekend. The fans were understandably a bit miffed about the club increasing the ticket price to £77 and generally treating the fanbase as a cash cow that needs regular milking.
The fact that the team on the pitch lost a two goal lead after the mass exodus will have helped to get the club-s top brass to take notice and this is just a part of a growing backlash from football fans. There are grumblings about the fact that Premier League clubs are raking in more and more obscene amounts of money but are not passing any of the benefits down to us.
No club’s fans have more right to complain than the Arsenal faithful, as a report in The Sun today highlights. What would those disgruntled scousers say if they were faced with the £97 Arsenal want for a category A game? This ridiculous price along with all the inflated prices for food, drink and merchandise at the ground is why Arsenal have the highest matchday income in the football world.
Arsenal rake in over £100 million a season and that beats even La Liga’s giant pair Real Madrid and Barcelona despite them having way more fans through the turnstiles. All this while the club’s spending on transfers is miserly at best and our esteemed owner Stan Kroenke is revealed in another report by The Sun as having just splashed out around half a billion on a massive ranch, to go with the three others he already owns.
It is painfully obvious that our club cares more about money than it does about us fans and the only way to get them to listen is to have their profits threatened. Tome for us little men to fight back?