Monday, June 17, 2024

Southampton game postponed due to FA Cup progress

Following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Monday night, our Premier League game with Southampton later this month has been postponed.

It was due to take place at St Mary’s on March 22nd, but due to the quarter-finals of the cup being played that weekend, it will have to be rescheduled.

As yet there are no indications as to when exactly it might take place, but it will be a midweek fixture at some point between now and the end of the season.

This postponement comes after the confirmation that we’ll play Man City at the Etihad next weekend, a fixture scheduled with just seven days notice for fans of both clubs – but for those travelling from London it’s particularly difficult.

Arsenal are laying on subsidised coach travel on the day, but it’s another example of how fans these days are an afterthought to broadcasters.

Read today’s Arseblog: Why all fans should care about TV schedules

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Lucky we bombed out against Olympiacos, leaves us time for important fixtures like these

My Arse-nal

Blogs, the City game is next Wednesday, not next weekend.


We should all pay attention to what is going on in the Bundesliga. Their 50+1 rule (“fans” must own 50+1% of clubs, to avoid rich dudes using clubs as playthings) is a glorious rule, but it’s come under pressure lately from the owner of Hoffenheim (and massively rich dude behind the SAP computer software) – he’s taken that club from obscurity to the finer leagues, but at the cost of outrage from fans across the league. Recently a Bayern München game was cut off twice because of banners from the fans calling that owner a son of a bitch. It’s… Read more »

The Dutchy

Just to add to this, there is an exception on this 50+1 rule: when a company (or person) has invested money in a club for 20 years, this company can own more than 50% of the shares. It is then deemed to be a trusted investor. This previously happened at Bayer Leverkusen (Bayer) and Wolfsburg (Volkswagen), and it’s now happened at Hoffenheim where the SAP dude now owns more than 90% of the shares if I’m not mistaken. This happened recently, hence the reason for the current outrage by rival fans.


Cool – I did not know about this exception. Thanks for sharing. That actually makes sense as that would deter most of the “joyriders” – I’m sure both VAG and Bayer thought it was a brilliant idea as well, but it does make the whole thing more acceptable. I learned something new today 🙂


On the question of fans being treated like s$ite, I was just blocked and accused of being a bot while trying to purchase two tickets for the Norwich game.

All this, whilst logged into both club site and eticketing as a member with a real password.

Now, I have trains and hotels booked but no fucking tickets!



Read today’s blog. I’m from Nigeria and it’s common sense that without match day goers, this bubble will burst and no one will be better off it.
They keep pushing and reaching and I hope to mercy that they don’t hit the breaking point.

Paul Roberts

Well that’s sorted my Fantasy team right out! 🙂


Have tickets for my son’s 14th birthday, Arsenal fan in Canada. Southampton/Arsenal was the only game playing while we were going to be in the UK for a wedding. How long until they let us know what day game will be on? I need to know if this is a bust and we need to try to sell tickets or if it’s possible to reschedule.
You try to do something nice…


Mostly just disappointed for my son. I don’t know if it will be a couple of years or a decade before he gets another chance.

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