Arsenal 'disappointed' with FA Cup final ticket allocation

The Gunners received 49,000 tickets for their semi-final clash with Wigan but have been told by the FA that they and Hull City will be allocated a smaller portion for the final

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has expressed his frustration with the Football Association’s allocation of tickets for the FA Cup final against Hull City.

The Gunners received 49,000 tickets for the semi-final against Wigan on Saturday after their Championship opponents returned a portion of their allocation but Arsenal have been told by the FA that themselves and Hull will be afforded just 25,000 tickets each for the May 17 showpiece.

A statement on the official club website saw Gazidis state: “We are disappointed many of our supporters and also those of Hull City will be unable to get tickets to the cup final.

“We fully understand this is the showpiece FA fixture to celebrate the game as a whole, but we also believe the loyal supporters of the competing teams deserve a greater chance to see their team play in what is one of the biggest matches of the season. The balance in the FA’s allocation system is not right.

“Arsenal have approximately 45,000 season ticket holders and 150,000 members, many of whom come to games.

“They all give us their loyal support throughout a season but with the FA Cup final allocation at 25,000 there will be many disappointed Arsenal fans, who have supported the Club home and away for years, who will be unable to get a ticket to this historic match.”

Arsenal defeated Wigan on penalties on Saturday and meet Steve Bruce’s side on May 17 after the Tigers defeated League One Sheffield United 5-3 on Sunday.

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