Don't protest during game – Wenger

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Arsene Wenger: “I looked at the comparisons, our cheapest prices are cheaper than anywhere in London.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked fans to cancel protests during Sunday’s game against Leicester over the late change to the kick-off time.

The fixture was moved on 21 January from Saturday 15:00 GMT to Sunday midday for live TV coverage.

Foxes fans plan to enter the stadium five minutes after kick-off, with the support of their Gunners counterparts.

“You can protest before and after, but during the game, you want everybody to be there,” said the Arsenal boss.

“The game of football is a moment of happiness in your life. Life is not every day fantastic – sometimes it’s boring, sometimes it’s difficult for many people. Football is a moment of happiness in your life, so don’t miss it.

“You want everybody there when the game starts.”

Leicester supporters are unhappy with the change of date, citing lost money on travel and accommodation that was booked before the alteration. Arsenal supporters’ group REDaction have called on home fans to protest by applauding the late arrivals into the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, the French manager has again defended Premier League ticket pricing.

Last week he said that extra television revenue for top-flight clubs – which comes into effect next season – will be used to buy players rather than cut ticket prices.

This week Liverpool scrapped its planned top-price £77 ticket in the new main stand at Anfield and apologised for the “distress caused” to fans. Reds supporters walked out of their draw with Sunderland last weekend in protest at the original announcement.

“It is a very complicated subject,” Wenger said when asked for his latest views on the ongoing row over ticketing.

“It is true we get more television income [than other European leagues], that is down to the audience and success but you know as well that it is down to the pressure of the market to pay for the players with a higher price – and our expenses will come up straight away to increase their wages.

“After that you want the ticket prices to be as comfortable as possible for our fans. I looked at the comparisons – our cheapest prices are cheaper than anywhere in London,” he added.

“Our most expensive price is a fraction higher than the other clubs in London.

“Our most common ticket price is lower than many places in England. I don’t think that we have a massive problem on that front.”

Premier League managers on ticket prices

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: “Every club in the Premier League should agree an away price, and make it as cheap as possible. Everyone charges £10 for an away ticket – my chairman will kill me for that – but a price that would attract people to come.”

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren: “Football is a working class game and we must never take that away. Make the prices available so they can come and fill stadiums.”

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: “Sometimes the situation of the families is not so good, so if you are talking with me about what I think, I would like them to go for free, and if not free, cheap.”

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: “The owners of the football clubs need to really consider carefully that they don’t lose the core supporters that we have.”

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