Arsenal’s annual wage bill is £104 million, Chelsea’s £113 million. That’s £2 million a week with Ozil on £350,000 a week, Eden Hazard £220,000.
Chelsea planned 10 charter flights at £1,000 per person from Luton – the only way to get to Baku for the Europe Final directly – but only 2 were taken up. Arsenal, though sponsored by an airline, planned none. Their fans were left to their own devices or as we used to be told at school “travel under your own steam”.
It would have added to the atmosphere in an unfull stadium, and been wonderful PR as a well as rewarding those fans for their loyalty. I never saw this raised once though our media tamely followed the UEFA line that football is now global and Baku suits fans better from India, Indonesia and all points east.
I wonder how long fans will continue to take this.
The media covered stories of Marco Polos making their journeys eastward. However, as Alan Tanner will tell you after the relatively easy journey to Hamburg in 2010 for the Europa League final of Fulham v Atletico Madrid, it’s not the traveling there that is arduous but the return journey especially when you are an Arsenal fan whose team were thrashed 4-1.