Arsenal attendance figures don't reflect ticket sales

General view outside the Emirates Stadium before the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers on September 24, 2011
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New data shows that 6,000 people bought Arsenal tickets last season but did not turn up to watch the games at the Emirates.

The attendance figures at Arsenal's home matches last season are significantly lower than the official stat released by the Premier League club.

Blog a is for arsenal published data showing that more than 17,000 seats were left empty at the Emirates last season after going through figures recorded by the Metropolitan Police Service.

According to The Telegraph, the MPS, which records the number of spectators who turn up to a match, counted an average attendance of 53,788, which is almost 10% lower than the 99.1% average figure released by Arsenal.

The Gunners opt to calculate their figures based on the number of tickets sold as opposed to the number of people who actually attend the fixture.

The data from the MPS shows that 6,000 people bought tickets for Arsenal games at the Emirates, but did not turn up.

Francesc Fabregas of Arsenal is congratulated by teammate Robin van Persie (R) after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on August 15, 2009
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