Arsenal topped the London table for revenue for the 2016-17 season, out-earning Premier League’s top two of Chelsea and Tottenham.
The Gunners endured their worst league campaign of Arsene Wenger’s reign, and will now be forced to miss out on Champions League football for next season, but did manage to finish the season with an FA Cup trophy.
Arsenal finished the term with an income of £350 Million, only beaten by the two Manchester clubs, while Chelsea earned £335 Million and Tottenham a lowly £209 Million, leaving us as the biggest club in the capital, although the Blues were not far behind us despite a lack of European football at all last term.
Adam Bull, a senior consultant in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, told Standard Sport: “In those two regions football is great for the local economy.
“The clubs that are based there are well set for growth. Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham all have or will have new stadiums and a track record of success.
“The fact that it’s a great global city surely helps in attracting the best talent to London. I’m sure a player being offered the chance not only to play in the Premier League but to live in the capital will only see it as a positive.”
West Ham’s stadium move helped them to acquire the seventh best income last season, and could see them begin to bridge a gap between themselves and the rest of the table in the years to come (much in the way that Tottenham have), while Everton have been splashing out this term to try and close the gap on the European places also.
Does our revenue show we are the biggest club in London despite our finishing position? Do we have the greatest means to maintain our place in the top tier of English football of the capital’s big boys?