£37m Draxler falls through… and now they’re expected to fork out ticket price rise
A selection of Arsenal fans have voiced their disapproval that another transfer window closed without their owners spending to boost their stuttering title hopes.
Many supporters wanted to see them splash out on a big-money striker and there is dissent at the club’s decision to raise next season’s ticket prices by three per cent.
The price hike will earn Arsenal an estimated £2.8million, according to fans’ groups like the Black Scarf Movement (BSM), which is a pittance compared to a club with tens of millions sloshing around in the accounts.
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Last summer’s clear out of 24 players is estimated to have shaved around £12.5m off the annual wage bill and helped reduce the net spend to £33m, despite the huge outlay on Mesut Ozil.
There are millions in reserve and Puma kit-deal money set to arrive this summer. So exactly why do Arsenal want to squeeze fans for another £2.8m? Maybe it was to fund a short-term deal for Kim Kallstrom. Or a last-ditch loan move, to be completed. Or just because they can.
Arsenal’s four main fan groups will meet next week to discuss further action after a disappointing transfer window followed a decision to increase ticket prices.
They want the club to back down on the proposed price hike and BSM released this statement on Friday night.
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THE BLACK SCARF MOVEMENT’S STATEMENT
Following another lacklustre transfer window, Arsenal should cancel their planned 3% price increase
Last summer was frustrating for Arsenal fans, given Ivan Gazidis’s comments that the club would finally compete in the transfer market only to see three months of inactivity. The last minute signing of Mesut Ozil eased this slightly but our squad was still lacking in certain areas while tens of millions of pounds sat in the club’s bank account.
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We’d put ourselves in the position of needing more, following three months of dawdling in the summer, therefore the January window became vital to our chances of challenging for honours this season. Despite this, once again we’ve chosen to keep the money banked and make do with a squad which is now starting to feel the strain, struggling with suspension and en ever-increasing injury list. More bit part players have left the club either permanently or on loan, and coming in we have a single loan signing in the form of Kim Kallstrom; a man who has played a handful of games for Spartak Moscow this season.
The continued lack of investment in the squad would be a bit more forgivable, were Arsenal not raising ticket prices from next season. Already paying the highest prices in football, our loyal fans are being pressed for even more cash – all the while the club sits on tens of millions, which is now even further bolstered by the recently announced £150m sponsorship deal with Puma.
What is the point of pressing our loyal supporters for even more money when it will remain in the club’s bank account and not be used to strengthen our squad?
We therefore demand that the Board of Arsenal cancel the proposed ticket price increase for next season. Our core support has had enough of contributing more and more to the club’s already healthy bank balance and not seeing proper investment on the pitch.
This slap in the face for matchgoing supporters is one too many and it’s about time there was Financial Fair Play for fans – the lifeblood of the game. Without the fans, football is nothing
Source : Daily Mail