Arsenal versus Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday is set to be the Premier League's most expensive match ever.

Following the introduction of Arsenal's new ticket grading system, the cheapest general admission ticket for the match against Chelsea will be £62.

That could see matchday income from Saturday's visit of the Blues top £6m.

The Gunners' new ticketing system means prices for lower category matches, for example against Southampton or Wigan, will now be cheaper at £35, but the most sought after tickets have increased in price.

The north London club insists the new system was introduced only after full and thorough consultation with fan groups and received overwhelming support at those meetings.

Arsenal today also released their profit figures for 2012. Arsene Wenger's side recorded £30m profit after tax, a rise of £17m on their 2011 results.

The majority of that increase can be attributed to higher profit on player sales - most notably the sale of Robin Van Persie to Manchester United for £24m - and lower wages growth.

Arsenal spend £143m on wages, which is close to £40m less than Manchester United but £45m more than Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham.

But the club reportedly prefers a more egalitarian approach to wages than other Premier League clubs, with most players on a high wage, but none paid a significant amount more than another teammate.

New signing Lukas Podolski is thought to be the highest earner. The Germain reportedly takes home around £90,000 a week following his move from the Bundesliga.

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