I get inquiries all the time from people who want to buy tickets to see Arsenal play at home.
And I get it: big club, great stadium, great city, you want to be there. But most Americans have no idea how difficult it is to buy Premier League tickets — especially at a club like Arsenal.
You might think that with 60,000+ seats, there would be tickets around. The truth is, though, that Arsenal are the most expensive tickets in England, but that hardly matters, because there basically is no such thing as buying tickets from Arsenal for their games, unless you are a season-ticket holder or a paid member with lots of loyalty points.
I assume you’re not one of those people, since you’re reading this post. So, what are your options? How on Earth does somebody get into an Arsenal home game?
Basically, you have four options:
Buy a membership and hope for the best. This is £39 per person (around $55) and might get you into a cup game (see below). It also gets you access to a ticket exchange where season-ticket holders can re-sell their tickets. The usual rules apply: tickets for the Stoke game are one thing, tickets for Man U or Liverpool are a whole different beast. These won’t be much more expensive, just damn near impossible to get. Also note that each person who wants a ticket needs a membership. and getting more than one seat together this way is super duper tough.
Buy a hospitality package, which is just a ticket plus something else. At Arsenal, this is usually a seat in the club level behind the goal, a free halftime bar, and a voucher for a stadium tour on a different day. I am an official reseller of these, and I can tell you that for an opponent like Bournemouth, you’re looking at around $200 per person for this. This goes all the way up to around $700 for the derby game with Tottenham. And if you think these are expensive, check out what Arsenal sells directly (£900 per person for Bournemouth? Sold out!)
Go for a cup game, when they will often be playing a lower-league team and everything gets a little easier. You will almost certainly need a membership for tickets. And as I write this, they have a home game against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup, and the same hospitality seat listed above, from me, would set you back $75. Just understand that no Arsenal players you have ever heard of are likely to play in a game like this.
Go to the illegal or semi-legal market (hello, Stubhub), which I have no experience with.
Actually, you do have another option, which is to check out some of the lower-league clubs around London. I run that one past a lot of people, and the typical response is, “Tell that to my 16-year-old.” Again, I get it, but I would rather see Fulham play a local rival for £40 or less than pay hundreds to sit up high at The Emirates.
I know this isn’t what people want to hear when they are trying to buy Arsenal tickets. But I am here to inform (and entertain, I hope), so this is the truth as I know it. (Here, by the way, is everything I know about buying tickets for English soccer.) Also, I have already been to a game at Arsenal, so I can afford to be picky.