Arsenal fans are being asked to sign up for executive season tickets – before knowing whether they will be in the Champions League.
The club sent out renewal notices to Platinum season ticket holders on Monday with some being asked to fork out up to £6,000 for their ticket.
It was quickly followed up with another email saying sales will not open until Wednesday but the club is stressing that prices will be frozen and if they do not make the Champions League then fans will get an eight per cent refund.
There are believed to be around 3,000 Platinum members and they all receive seven “cup credits” included on top of Premier League games which may also have to be transferred over to next season following the club’s early exit from the Europa League.
It leaves Arsenal facing mounting financial worries as they will have to make an even bigger refund if they do not make Europe this season.
But the supporters are being asked to sign up and commit to their season tickets before the end of the campaign despite not knowing if they will get into Europe.
Standard season ticket renewals are expected to go out next month but with the club announcing a £27m loss last week the finances are a growing concern for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
They will struggle to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette if they fail to make Europe with the club also well aware they may struggle to attract players.
Arsenal are facing a fourth year out of the Champions League if they fail to make it and that will also impact on contract renewals.
The Europa League defeat to Olympiacos came as a huge blow to their chances of making Europe’s elite competition next season, and they sit eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea .