Arsenal 'disappointed' by FA Cup final ticket allocation

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has expressed his disappointment at the "balance" of ticketing for the FA Cup final against Hull City.

Arsenal to screen FA Cup final inside Emirates Stadium

Arsenal have announced plans to screen the FA Cup final live at the Emirates Stadium after the club's chief executive expressed his disappointment at the ticket allocation for fans.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis expressed his disappointment at the 'balance' of ticketing for the FA Cup final against Hull City. Credit: PA

The Gunners said they were planning on broadcasting the match against Hull City on May 17 on giant screens inside the stadium so as many fans as possible could watch the match together.

"We want this to be a special day for Arsenal fans wherever they are, and the screening will be a great way for thousands of our supporters who are unable to get to Wembley to watch the match together at Emirates Stadium,” Ivan Gazidis added.

Further information about the screening plans would be made as soon as tickets for the final at Wembley were sold out, the club said.

Read: Arsenal 'disappointed' by FA Cup final ticket allocation

Arsenal 'disappointed' by FA Cup final ticket allocation

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has expressed his disappointment at the "balance" of ticketing for the FA Cup final against Hull City.

Each club have been allocated 25,000 for the occasion at Wembley on May 17, with thousands of tickets set to be distributed to volunteers through the 'football family'.

Arsenal took over 49,000 supporters to the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on Saturday. Credit: PA

Gazidis said he believed loyal supporters from Arsenal and Hull City deserved a greater chance to see their team play in "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," he added.

"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."

Read: Arsenal into FA Cup final after dramatic Wigan victory

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Arsenal had to 'suffer' to book FA Cup final place

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal were made to "suffer" against Wigan Athletic before booking their FA Cup final place.

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta celebrates scoring his teams first penalty. Credit: PA

The north London side came from behind against the holders before winning on penalties in a tense semi-final at Wembley.

"We're really happy. It seems like at the moment we need to suffer and really earn things but I think we've done it today," the Spanish midfielder told Arsenal's website.

Arteta said Arsenal now had an "unbelievable opportunity" to win their first trophy since 2005, adding: "We've got the hunger and I think we've got everything we need to do it. We don't want to waste that opportunity and we're going to do it now."

Read: Arsene Wenger 'relieved' after FA Cup semi-final win

Arsene Wenger 'relieved' after FA Cup semi-final win

Arsene Wenger admitted he was "relieved" after Arsenal won a dramatic penalty shootout against Championship side Wigan to reach the FA Cup final.

Per Mertesacker's late equaliser kept Arsenal's FA Cup hopes alive before Lukasz Fabianski's shootout heroics helped the Gunners to a crucial victory.

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger expressed his relief at the result. Credit: PA

"Relieved because we were under big pressure because I expected a difficult game and I was not disappointed," the Frenchman said.

"Wigan were impressive, well-organised, physically very strong, calm when they had the ball and they played very well. They have shown why they knocked Man City out in the quarter-final and we had everything a little bit against us for a while in the game.

"We needed to show some character and some resilience and as well some nerves in a very united and resilient way."

Late fitness checks for Arsenal players

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky
Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky Credit: Adam Davy/Press Association Images

Arsenal face Wigan in the FA Cup semi-finals this evening. Tomas Rosicky, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin are all undergoing last minute fitness tests to see if they'll be fit to play.

On paper, The Gunners look the stronger team. However, current FA Cup holders, Wigan caused a major upset in last year 's final by beating Manchester City 1-0.

Arsenal take on FA Cup holders Wigan

Arsenal will meet Championship side and current FA Cup holders Wigan at Wembley today in the semi-finals of the competition.

Although Wigan are a tier below their opponents, they successfully beat Premier League giants Manchester City with a last minute goal in last year's final to claim the trophy.

Arsene Wenger's side go into this match following a damaging 3-0 defeat against Everton last weekend, a result which seriously dented their hopes of winning the Premier League.

As with all other games played this weekend, the match will kick off at seven past the hour out of respect for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

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Wenger calls for strong finish to season ahead of cup

Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal to produce a strong finish to the season ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic.

Arsene Wenger speaking at a press conference today. Credit: ITN

Despite a promising start in the Premier League, Arsenal's title challenge has faltered and the FA Cup is now their only realistic chance of ending a nine-year trophy drought.

"This season we lost key players at big important moments of the season, but we have to just to focus on finishing as well as we can," Wenger told a press conference.

"We are in a position where we can still do very well until the end of the season, that is what we want."