Arsenal negotiate late train home for fans travelling to Old Trafford for FA Cup quarter-final..

The Gunners fans will be relieved that they can get back from their FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United after the club negotiated with Virgin Trains to charter a service especially for them.

The club are heavily subsidising the cost of the journey meaning standard tickets are costing just £20.

Due to the BBC scheduling the game on a Monday night, Arsenal supporters would have had to leave Old Trafford at half-time if they wanted to catch the last train back to London.

They were facing the prospect of spending hundreds of pounds extra on overnight stays and potentially travelling during peak times.

But Arsenal have chartered a 450-seat train, leaving London Euston at approximately 2pm on March 9 and leaving Manchester Piccadilly station at 11.15pm after the game. The service will stop at Watford on its way back to Euston Station.

It can only be booked through the club and is only available to supporters who have tickets for the match. First class tickets are also available for £30 and a return coach service costs just £10.

Arsenal’s supporter liaison officer Mark Brindle said: ‘We appreciate it is going to be difficult for supporters to get home to London from the game and so we have taken these steps to ensure fans can come and support the team and know they have a safe and relatively low cost journey home.’

Arsenal supporters were left furious and stunned with the decision to play the game on a Monday night so that it can be broadcast on BBC One at their expense.

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