The Premier League table is usually a direct reflection of the wages spent each year by each club, but Arsenal are currently over-achieving in terms of their wage expenditure, The Telegraph reports.
Whilst the numbers of this table calculates finances dedicated to wages during last season, we pay £166.5m a year on wages. This doesn’t take into account the activity over the past eight months – including the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.
However, both Manchester clubs lead the way in terms of wages spent, with the Red Devils now exceeding Man City following Wayne Rooney’s massive new contract and the arrival of Juan Mata. Due to the signings of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, Louis van Gaal’s side should retain their place over the next few years.
Our league standing was often matched against our wage bill, which meant that a fourth place finish was internally accepted at the club. However, earlier reports from The Telegraph indicated that our wage expenditure will exceed Chelsea by the end of this campaign – totaling circa £180m.
It therefore explains why there has been a shift in ambition at the club, vividly illustrated by Ivan Gazidis’ statement that second place and an FA Cup will not be viewed as a successful season (via Daily Mail).
See the wage bill table below of the top 10 spenders.