With further delays to fan returns to football stadiums, let’s take a look at how much money Arsenal are likely to lose in the meantime.
As things stand, we have no set return date for fans at Premier League stadiums. The target for an October comeback quickly disappeared as the UK situation with coronavirus got worse the closer we got.
Twitter user Swiss Ramble decided to take a look at how much each team will lose whilst matches are behind closed doors, and you should definitely check out their thread for the full breakdown. We’re just going to summarise the key details.
First, it’s important to note that Arsenal earned a greater percentage of their revenue through matchday income than any other Premier League club in 2018/19, at 25%. The Gunners are more reliant on ticket sales than pretty much anyone else.
Swiss Ramble estimates Arsenal already lost £13m for the matches at the end of the 2019/20 season, but there’s much more to come.
If games remain behind closed doors until the end of 2020, Arsenal will lose approximately another £35m. If they have to wait until the end of March, it’s £55m. By the end of the season, it’s £71m. That’s assuming no progression in Europe or the cups.
If we assume similar progress in all competitions to the 2018/19 campaign, Arsenal’s figure rises to £96m. Add in the £13m from last year and you reach an overall total of £109m lost.
You can see why Arsenal are so keen to get back to business as usual. They wrote in an email to fans that they’re “disappointed” that comeback plans are on hold, and fully support the Premier League’s position that fans can be accommodated safely.