Arsenal football club spent £11,181,730 on agents/intermediaries between February 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019, according to figures released by the club today in accordance with FIFA’s regulations.
Now, that may seem a lot but in comparison to our top six rivals it was a pittance with only Tottenham spending less than us by a measly £40k and they never bought a single player over the two transfer windows in that period, how? I do not know but they still managed to splash out £11,141,255.
Liverpool were by far the biggest spenders with a whopping £43,7795,863 paid out to agents, then came Chelsea paying out £26,850,552, then Man City on £24,122,753 and finally Man Utd with £20,759,350.
To further put our expenditure in perspective, Everton spent over £19 Million, West Ham over £14 Million and Leicester City spent over £12 Million, however, unlike those financial geniuses at White Hart Lane, they did at least have some players to show for their efforts.
I do not pretend to know the intricacies of paying agents but on the face of it, I have to say that we look like we have done a far better job managing payments to third parties than our nearest rivals.
That said, I would have been a lot happier if we had spent the same amount as Liverpool and be in the position they are right now, though I am content to just laugh at Spurs and the amount they have spent on non-existent players.