We hear alot about the wage structure at Arsenal and how it stops Arsene Wenger from competing with clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United when it comes to signing players. The Gunners apparently offered around £150,000 per week to Robin van Persie to get him to stay at the Emirates, but the two Manchester clubs were able to beat that easily.
It may surprise Arsenal fans to hear, then, that Arsenal’s weekly wage bill is about £1 million more than our North London rivals, Tottenham. That is around £50 million a year, which seems an incredible amount for a club that is well known for being financially prudent.
In the 2011-2012 season, Arsenal showed a 15 percent increase in wages, up to £143.4 million, whereas Spurs are about to announce their figures of around £91 million. Imagine how embarrassing it would have been if we hadn’t pipped them to the Champions League spot.
When we are spending so much money on wages, it is hard to understand why the board are reluctant to give Theo Walcott the £100,000 per week that he wants, especially when you consider that Squillachi, Santos and Chamakh get about £150,000 per week between them. Arsenal seem to have got it wrong. By paying large amounts to players before they have proven their worth is tying Wenger’s hands behind his back when he wants to keep a player that has proved his worth to the team. It needs sorting, quickly.
Sagna and Oxlade-Chamberlain are being offered new contracts, but are unhappy with their wage offers, apparently. I don’t care how young the Ox is, he’s much more useful to Arsenal than most of the squad players on more money than him. Sagna is one of the best right backs in the world, so we want to keep him, surely. Wenger is unlikely to be able to sell his deadwood players, but Arsenal need to stop the situation happening again. Maybe a good bonus scheme linked to appearances would help, but something has to change.