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The increased prize money and the injection of cash into the Premier League following the new £5.14bn TV deal (via the BBC) are clearly having an impact, as English top flight sides are largely dominating the world’s most valuable clubs list.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are predictably first and second, with the two Spanish giants being unquestionably the biggest clubs in the world for quite some time. Manchester United are only very narrowly behind them though, with Juventus and Bayern Munich the only other two non-English clubs in the top ten.
Arsenal are in fifth spot just behind Bayern Munich, although what’s really impressive is the change when compared to last year. The report suggests there’s a 54% change in value, which is no doubt due to our lack of debt, increased revenue, and the new Premier League TV deal.
There’s a huge amount of money in English football, with a number of the biggest clubs in the world playing in England. The fact that the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham make the list ahead of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain says a lot, and is evidence of the strength of the English game.
Manchester City and Chelsea are also in the top ten, which can be seen in the list below (via the Mirror):
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While it’s great to see us so high up the table, these numbers are unlikely to appease the fans. The issue Arsenal fans have always had has not been that we don’t have the money, but that we don’t spend it. Arsene Wenger is known for his frugal nature, but as the fifth most valuable club in the world the fans will expect us to act more like it.
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Hopefully this summer will see a change in policy and we’ll start to splash the cash a little more, the competition in the Premier League has grown stiffer and stiffer over the last few years, and we need to invest some of these millions if we want to stay ahead of the curve.