Extra 3,600 tickets made available for Norwich City fans hoping to travel to Arsenal cup tie
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An extra 3,600 tickets have been made available for Canaries fans wanting to watch Norwich City play Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
The news will be music to the ears of fans who feared that they had missed out on seeing the game after the original allocation of tickets was quickly snapped up on Thursday.
Since then the two clubs have been in talks about the seat allocation for the game at The Emirates Stadium, and Norwich City Football Club has tonight issued the following statement: 'Following discussions between the two clubs Norwich City are pleased to confirm that 3,600 extra tickets will be available for Canary fans traveling to its Carabao Cup Fourth Round match away to Arsenal on October 24.
'The additional tickets will go on general sale from 9am on Thursday, October 5. These tickets are in the Upper Tier and are priced at £20 adults and £10 concessions.'
City's initial allocation of 5,200 tickets sold out within three hours on Thursday as supporters clamoured to see the match at The Emirates on Tuesday, October 24.
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The sell out caused sparks to fly online as Norwich City fans argued about who should have first refusal on tickets for the Carabao Cup match at Arsenal.
There was a backlash from many fans who missed out, with resentment building at the way the tickets were allocated.
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Some said they should have been handed out on a priority basis - as is the case for league matches - with those with the most away 'points' getting first refusal.
The release of the initial 5,200 tickets at 9am yesterday saw the biggest demand for an away match since the 2015 play-off final, with one fan queueing from 5am at Carrow Road to grab a seat at the Emirates Stadium.
Today, social media was full of fans' comments.
One fan wrote on Twitter: 'So many friends didn't get tickets yet being a regular. Just stupid and unfair!'
The club has an away point system in which fans who travel to away games collect points that give them priority for tickets. This came under fire as many fans who have collected these have missed out on tickets.
David Giles tweeted: 'I have over 2,300 away points. Only missed Brentford (a) this season and I haven't got a ticket. What is the point in the away points?'
There have been calls on Arsenal to give more tickets to the Canaries and it is understood the two clubs are in talks about the issue.
Many fans jumped in to defend the club, saying it was not the club's fault and that any fan who supported the club deserved to go to the game.
John Place tweeted: 'Naturally there is disappointment but it shouldn't be directed at those who got tickets.'
The match will be played on Tuesday, October 24 after City made it to the last 16 with a 3-1 win at Brentford.
The game will be played two days after the Canaries' trip to Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.
• The extra 3,600 tickets will go on general sale from 9am on Thursday, October 5. The tickets are in the Upper Tier and are priced at £20 adults and £10 concessions.