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As coverage of the English Premier League in the United States has improved, I became a bigger fan of the sport & the league. After a couple of years of not choosing a particular team to become a fan of, a few years back, I finally picked a favorite team: Arsenal. During my trip to London over the holiday period last year, I was finally able to attend an Arsenal match at Emirates Stadium. Actually, I was able to go to see Arsenal play at Emirates twice thanks to two home matches being played in a week.

I had no problems getting tickets to see Arsenal at Emirates. Just to be sure, I became a Red member of the team in order to secure tickets for a couple of matches. As you can see below, tickets go on sale to Red members about a month before each match.

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Since I knew I wanted to attend two matches and didn’t want to risk missing out, I purchased an Arsenal Red Lite membership for 38 quid (including all fees).

This gave me access to the following benefits:

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  • Priority Ticket Access
    Red level membership remains one of the best ways to purchase match tickets with Red members having access to 3,500 tickets one month prior to every Premier League home game.
  • Access to Ticket Exchange
    Further ticket access is available to Red level members via our Ticket Exchange facility, where Season ticket holders can sell tickets for games they can’t attend to fellow members.
  • Access to Arsenal Player
    You can enjoy our unrivalled coverage for every first-team game, extended highlights and full match replay, exclusive interviews with the players, pre and post-match manager press conferences and much more!
  • Membership Pack
    As a full member you will receive a welcome pack for 2016/17 season which will include exclusive membership souvenirs.

Tickets for each match were easy to buy. For the Boxing Day Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion match at Emirates Stadium on Monday, December 26, 2016, I paid £49.50 for a ticket in the North End. For the match against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day, I paid a little bit more (£52.50) for a seat a couple of sections over in the same area.

Note that it is now getting more difficult to get Arsenal tickets, so purchasing through the Ticket Exchange requires patience & frequent refreshing of availability. That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, as I was still able to attend two matches over the Festive period in 2022-2023, and then a couple more in November 2023.

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With my tickets secured, I had nothing to worry about on match day. For the first Arsenal match I attended at Emirates, vs. West Brom, I chose to walk from my hotel near King’s Cross through Islington to Highbury, stopping for some food on my way to the stadium. It’s not too bad of a walk, and certainly, a nice option if it’s a nice day and you’d like to get some exercise and not deal with possible crowds on the Tube.

Otherwise, Emirates Stadium is easily accessed by Tube or train. Note that the Tube stop closest to Emirates, Holloway Road, is closed on match days. Arsenal is unsurprisingly the closest active station if you’re traveling to a match. Otherwise, you can also go to Highbury & Islington or Finsbury Park.

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I got to Emirates Stadium fairly early for the first Arsenal match I attended. I wanted to walk around the grounds as well as the inside of the stadium. It was a cold, but sunny day.

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Outside, there are several good photo spots, including a few statues dedicated to important Arsenal figures such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams, and Herbert Chapman.

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I also bought a scarf in the team shop attached to the stadium.

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After walking outside, I scanned my membership card at the turnstiles and headed into Emirates.

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Inside the stadium, I noticed a couple of surprising things since I hadn’t attended a Premier League match before.

First, beer was available inside. I’d been under the impression that alcohol had been banned from grounds in England, but apparently, it’s now being allowed again. If you’re at the match early enough, there’s a solid deal where you can get a pie and a pint for just £5. I made note of this and had it when I went to my second Arsenal match at Emirates later that week.

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The other thing that I found interesting is that betting is allowed inside the Emirates. This is now spreading to the United States, which previously had more restrictions.

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Finally, the match began. It was nervy going for much of it. Arsenal had several great changes stopped by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster. From the start, it seemed like West Brom were hoping for a 0-0 draw. Finally, Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock with a header in the 86th minute. Here are the highlights from the match.

Finally getting to go to an Arsenal match at Emirates Stadium and leaving with everyone serenading Giroud to the tune of “Hey Jude” was a lot of fun. 

Next up was Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day. It was raining, but thankfully, my seat was well underneath the roof, so it was dry.

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This second Arsenal match I attended at Emirates Stadium also featured a Giroud goal. And what a goal it was. His scorpion kick would go down as one of the best goals scored anywhere that year.

Unfortunately, I was at the other end of the stadium. It was only when I pulled up the video at halftime that I realized just how amazing it was. We knew something special had happened, but we didn’t realize just how amazing Giroud’s scorpion goal was.

Arsenal would go on to win 2-0.

Following the matches, it was easy to leave. There are some queues heading into the Arsenal tube station, but they move fairly quickly. Less than 45 minutes after the first match ended, I was drinking a pint of craft beer in central London.

If you’re a fan, attending an Arsenal match at Emirates Stadium is at the top of your bucket list. With a bit of planning & patience, it’s pretty easy to get tickets & have a fun day out cheering on the team. It’s especially nice when they win twice like they did when I first went!

What do you think? Add a comment!


  1. Hello! Thanks for sharing your experience ! I wonder if you have more information about the family and friends club option?

    1. Hi Hannah, unfortunately I don’t have much more info than what Arsenal has on their own site about that ticket option – “With the Club’s Friends and Family option, you can purchase multiple tickets on your membership number for certain matches throughout the season.” My guess is that this option is available for matches where Arsenal has more trouble selling tickets, so perhaps the League Cup, FA Cup, and some Europa League matches.

  2. Do you know if there’s a waiting period to buy tickets after you’ve bought a Red membership? Someone in an online q&a forum claimed there is, but I can’t find anything on Arsenal’s website about it. Did you purchase a game ticket right after buying the Red membership? Thanks!

    1. When I bought my ticket, I had purchased my Arsenal Red membership just 3 days before, but I don’t think that mattered, since I was never notified about a waiting period. Perhaps this person was referring to the fact that the tickets for Emirates aren’t available to Red members until about a month before the match.

  3. Hi Jonathan,

    with Red Membership, can you buy multiple tickets under 1 account ? for my son and wife.

    I am looking at the mid week Europa League match coming up 26 Sept.

    1. Each ticket needs to have a separate Red Membership. If Arsenal tickets are made available to those without memberships, then you could buy more than that (provided there aren’t other restrictions for that match). It’s best to check the info listed for each match on

  4. Hey do you know if tickets are available on match day? It says sold out on the website even for red membership. The game is against Bournemouth. It’s not like there thousands dying to attend this one. LOL!

    1. It looks like that match is indeed listed as sold out. Your best bet is to keep checking the Fan Ticket Exchange – it’s quite possible that someone else with tickets won’t be able to attend & will list them there.