Arsenal in the top ten of European teams with biggest wage bill

Arsenal has one of the highest wage bills in Europe, it has been revealed. As a matter of fact, they are only the second Europa League team on the list of top wage payers in Europe, apart from Manchester United.

After the season ended, a list was compiled of the teams that pay the highest wages in Europe and ranked them by their average wages per player per season, as reported in the Sun.

Barcelona, who have been paying some of the biggest wages in Europe for some time now topped the list as they pay their players, on average £9.3m per annum.

Arsenal has struggled to enter the Champions League over the past few seasons, yet the Gunners have managed to maintain a wage budget that is higher than that of most Champions League teams.

Mesut Ozil who earns £350,000 a week is the club’s highest earner and one player that the club is keen to get rid of.

However, he isn’t the only high earner at the club with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette earning well over £100,000 a week.

These wages and those players and the club’s other players see them pay, on average, £4.78m in wages to each of their players, according to the report.

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  1. Paying high wages to non performers is strangling our club to death. The team above us are all mighty clubs and success is a demand every year. Paying high wages to non performers is putting pressure on all of our transfer dealings going forward. We pay players to perform but a lot of our high earners are substandard players and would not command anywhere near their wages at other clubs. Im embarrassed as to what our players (some) deliver for their remuneration each week but they aren’t. I hope that Arteta is allowed a say and is ruthless at getting rid of the shirkers and the duds, we may have to take a massive hit, to do so.

  2. It would also be interesting to see how we would rank with the top 10 in terms of average age of the team.

  3. Hardly breaking news. It’s been common knowledge for the past 10 years we’ve been rolling out huge salaries to under performing average players, Lord Bendtner anyone? That’s why we are in the current state we are in and basically financially broke.

    1. I loved Nicolas Bendtner. The only player in the world who could rival Zlatan ridiculous overconfidence.

  4. Too bad Arsenal isn’t in the top 10 clubs in Europe (currently only eighth best in EPL) based on performance in competition, due to the mismanagement of the Club’s player and financial assets over many years.

  5. We all know why. Several leeches that are still hanging onto their contracts. Also another reason I am not completely on board with the Willian signing and am just essentially trusting Arteta. Arsenal has made more and more poor transfers year after and offer average players absurd wages. Sokratis, Ozil (duh), Kolasinac mainly are high earners that add NOTHING to the squad anymore.

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