Arsenal's 60,000 seater stadium is being prepared to hold a screening of the FA Cup final, after the Football Association announced an allocation of just 25,000 for the London side, 24,000 less than at Saturday's game at Wembley. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said that the balance of the system is not right.
It has been nine years since Arsene Wenger's side lifted a trophy, an FA Cup triumph on penalties against Manchester United. Following a tense affair in which the Gunners came through 4-2 on penalties against last year's winners Wigan Athletic, fans would have been hopeful of going to see that wait ended first hand. Now though, that seems unlikely.
Gazidis said: "Arsenal have around 150,000 members, and 45,000 season ticket holders. The balance of the system is not right. They give us their loyal support throughout the season and many who have supported us home and away for years won't be able to see this historic match."
Arsenal plan to use their own major stadium to hold a showing of the final, which will take place on May, live in an attempt to amend this lack of tickets provided by the FA.
"I understand this is the FA show-piece to celebrate football," he added. "We want this to be a special day for Arsenal wherever they are, and the screening will be a great way for thousands of our supporters who can't get to Wembley to watch the match together at the Emirates Stadium."
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