Fans' group Spirit of Shankly wrote to both Arsenal and Liverpool requesting more consideration was given to away supporters, who could have faced paying up to £93, in a move also backed by the Arsenal Supporters Trust. Combined with the potential for live television commitments to impact on the kick-off time, there were fears fans would draw the short straw once again.
Following a result of internal consultation, rather than as a direct result of any external pressure from supporters, Arsenal have decided no to designate the tie in the top bracket, which now means the expected 9,000-strong visiting support can expect an outlay of no more than £54, with many seats available for £35.50.
A club statement read: "Arsenal has announced that the forthcoming FA Cup fifth-round tie against Liverpool will be classified as a B category fixture.
"This match would normally be designated as an A category game.
"However, after the FA Cup draw was made on Sunday, the club considered a wide range of factors, including our cup draws to date and our forthcoming fixture schedule, and has decided to make it a B category match.
"The FA Cup fifth-round tie will be played at Emirates Stadium on the weekend of February 14/15/16/17 (date to be announced soon by the FA).
"Gold members (season-ticket holders) will be able to use the seventh (out of seven) cup tie credit included in the season ticket for this match."
@myloginname: didn't ticket prices get raised by 3% recently as well?- paulino971