Only One Arsenal Player is in the Top 20 Earners
While Arsenal were known for their lavish spending and dishing out huge contracts to their players, this has changed in recent years, perhaps since the emergence of tougher competition at the top end of the Premier League with the newly minted top six.
This is evidenced by their combined $100+ spend on acquiring forward players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, and on their new contract offer for Mesut Ozil in January 2018.
The new contact saw the German international earn $23.7 million in base salary, which when combined with his $6.5 in endorsements raised is annual earnings to a whopping $30.2 million. This makes him the eighth highest paid player in the world – and the only of Arsenal’s current team to be in the top 20.
No Other Player is Close to Cracking the Top 20 Earners
Despite one player already being one of the top 20 football earners in the world, Arsenal don’t have any other that is close to reaching the top 20. For instance, the second highest earner at Arsenal is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who earns approximately $12.9 million per year.
This puts him around $4 million off from the 20th highest earner in Gerard Pique, who according to Bettingsites, makes $17.7 million per year. That’s just in his base salary and bonuses, with around $4 million extra being made in endorsements.
So, Aubameyang would need to see a significant pay rise to get close to cracking the top 20 football earners in the world!
Mesut Ozil is the 3rd Highest Paid Premier League Player
As the eighth highest paid player in the world, it’s no surprise that Mesut Ozil makes a lot more money than most of his Arsenal teammates. For instance, he earns around $186,000 more per week than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and almost double the weekly wage of Arsenal’s 3rd highest earner Alexandre Lacazette.
It’s not just his teammates he’s earning a lot more than – he’s making more than almost every other Premier League Footballer!
For example, Ozil’s $30.2 million annual wage is the third highest in the Premier League. The only players in England earning more are Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, earning $33 million per year and $30.8 million per year respectively.
As the eighth highest paid player in the world and the third highest in the Premier League, Mesut Ozil earns more money than the likes of Mohamad Salah, Sergio Aguero, and Kevin de Bruyne.
Other Arsenal Players Need a Bumper Pay Rise to Get Close to the World’s Top 20 Football Earners
No other Arsenal player besides Mesut Ozil is in the top 20 football earners – and the rest are not even close.
As mentioned, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are the second and third highest paid players at Arsenal, earning around $12.9 million and $11.8 million per year respectively. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not far behind in 4th, earning a respectable $11.5 million per year.
However, these yearly salaries are nowhere near close to getting Arsenal’s highest paid players in the top 20 football earners. For instance, Aubameyang would need a rise of $4 million to crack the top 20, while Lacazette and Mkhitaryan would need to get around $8 million more per year.
To put these earnings in perspective, the world’s second highest Christiano Ronaldo makes more in yearly endorsements ($44 million) than Aubameyang, Lacazette and Mkhitaryan make in combined salaries ($36 million).
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