If losing 1-0 to Norwich City on Saturday was not bad enough, Arsenal football club have now come under fire from green campaigners for taking a plane from Luton to Norwich.

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The Gunners went down to a goal from Grant Holt in a surprise defeat at Carrow Road in the televised match on Saturday.

Afterwards, it emerged that the Arsenal team had flown to Norwich Airport from Luton Airport on Friday.

A spokesman for the club said the decision to fly was made based on the “temperamental” A11 and planned engineering work on the Norwich to London rail line. But the flight from Luton to Norwich only lasted 14 minutes, and green campaigners said the club had not considered the environmental impact it would cause.

Jennifer Parkhouse, co-ordinator of the Norwich and Norfolk Friends of the Earth, said: “It’s absolutely absurd. I cannot see any reason why they would have flown, other than it being a rather ostentatious display of the players’ and the club’s wealth. If the flight took 14 minutes, they must have spent more time just getting on and off the plane than in the air.”

An Arsenal club spokesman said there were no direct trains from London to Norwich at the weekend, and added the team regularly got trains to Manchester, Liverpool and other destinations while also making relatively short journeys easily accessible by motorway by coach.

A spokesman said: “The club considers all transport options available for the first team when travelling to an away fixture. Given the severe disruption to rail services at the weekend the most time efficient option was to fly, hence the first team made the journey by plane from London to Norwich.”

A spokesman for train operator Greater Anglia confirmed there was engineering work and bus replacements on Saturday.

Do you think Arsenal were right to travel by plane? Email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

37 comments

  • keep the green control freaks out of football and everything else in life!!!!..simples

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    nrg

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Yes Lambo, it can take three hours. Try working in the London area and returning to Norwich at the end of the week. Three hours is not uncommon.

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    Mel Lacey

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • With Whinger in charge I'd have thought a hot air balloon more appropriste for Arsenal

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • What would they have done if Dennis Bergkamp was still playing for them?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Seriously, who cares. They flew. Plant a tree and get over it.

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    Juggmeister

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • 14 minutes by plane compared to 3 hours on the road, I know which one I'd choose!

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    catalonia13

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Judging by the way they played 14 minutes was enough to suffer jetlag!!

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    neil298

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Seriously though, if they were travelling up on the Friday, what does it matter what the Saturday trains were doing? Could have got the train up and a coach back. Another reason to dual the A11! Norwich - the UK's biggest conurbation without connection to the rest of the country via dual carriageway

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    canarytim

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • No wonder Arsenal played badly - they were obviously jet-lagged

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • The Arsenal flight debate or rather debarcle ! Seems crazy to me .... coach from a central pick up point (training ground?) to Luton, a period in a departure lounge, sit on a plane, disembark at Norwich International, get on a coach that has just driven up from Luton anyway, get taken to Carrow Road on that coach and then a reverse journey by coach, air and coach, how crazy is that!!! I really do not understand how road travel would have been a problem, OK give the gooners the train argument, but come on, its not that long by road from Luton to Norwich... even allowing for traffic , 90mins? Am sure that with the transfer time and flight time combined that the chosen route method was not really faster. A for the environmental issues, well! No, sorry Arsenal, maddness! But thanks for the 3 points !

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    robbie28

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Wise choice, it would have taken twice that amount of time to travel on our 'green' bus network from the airport to carrow road ! Let the tree huggers and greenies go and live in tents in the countryside and stop trying to make the majority suffer with their petty ideas.

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    IT Man

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • After that performance the Arsenal players should have been made to walk home.

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    mitchell765

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • i would fly to work every morning if i could...

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    smalltownboy

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Get a grip Greens. Football has nothing to do with the real world!

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • I`ve had 2 attempts to contribute. No luck. Getting paranoid about my carbon footprint now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • What is not clear is whether the flight was on Saturday? If so this was probably a one off given the time of the kick-off - presumably with a 3pm kick off their team would have travelled up the night before. If they flew on Friday though, that is taking the p*ss. My other issue is it perpetuates the myth that somehow Norwich is somehow totally disconnected with the UK. I accept that until the final bit of the A11 is dualled and open, and until the mess that is the rail system is sorted it effectively is, but fat chance we have now of getting a good Arsenal youngster on loan for a season in the future.

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    shefcanary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Did they lose because they were jetlagged! Rumour has it they have a new theme song similar to West Hams' 'bubbles' - Frank Sinatras' 'Come fly with me!'

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Well at east they didn't have to declare anything suspicious at customs ie Points !

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    chebram71

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Just a thought!....... How did they get back? Did the coach come from north london to collect them or did they use a local coach company? Either way it probably took two trips for the coach! More CO2 in the air, more melting ice caps! Another smack in the eye for the greens ha ha!

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    IT Man

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Going by train means the opportunity for a well timed comfort break at Ipswich

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    norniron canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • These do-gooders are slowly ruining this country.

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    beverley

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • They probably knew that the coach journey would have taken them three hours, one hour to get to Barton Mills and another two hours for the last thirty miles. Good for you Gunners.

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    Al Gurgleman

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Whilst the greenies are complaining about Arsenal, they will be leaving so other poor soul alone.

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    norman hall

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • How else would you get from Luton to Norwich? As an aviator myself, I'm willing to bet this actually used less fuel than the inevitable traffic holdups would have done.

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    Windless

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Air or road, the impact of how the teams travel is insignificant when compared to the impact of 27000 plus people traveling to and from Carrow Road, why arent the greens complaining about that?

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    Steven

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Why do Archant always ask the Green party its opinion on virtually every subject? The Arsenal teams decision will have no bearing on the planet, but did mean they were here on time to be beaten by City.

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    Abraham

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • No content, no problem!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • If they changed their name to the (Yellow and) Green Party I'd vote for them tomorrow.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Were there no direct trains from London to Norwich on Friday when they in fact flew in? Did all their kit come by plane too or did a coach bring all that up to Norfolk?

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    Yellow Blood

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Given the road & rail issues - fair enough I would say.

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    Meds

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • I can't imagine any of us would want to be in a traffic jam from Barton Mills to Elveden Traffic lights on a Friday evening. Last time I was sitting there I wished I had taken my private jet, helicopter or jet pack.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Was it a scheduled flight anyway? Did Arsenal take all their stuff with them? If so, opting to fly was probably carbon negative compared with being stuck in a coach for 3 hours. On the other hand, if it was a charter flight just for the Gooners......

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • whose really that bothered. what a load to fuss over nothing.

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    GTOM

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Given the road & rail issues - fair enough I would say.

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    Meds

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • 3 hours on the road Catalonia? To north London? Do you travel by skateboard or something?! I think you will find it takes almost half that time.

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    Adams is God

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • I can't imagine any of us would want to be in a traffic jam from Barton Mills to Elveden Traffic lights on a Friday evening. Last time I was sitting there I wished I had taken my private jet, helicopter or jet pack.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • I assume that the Greenies walk and cycle every where and never ever fly.

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    norman hall

    Monday, October 22, 2012

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