It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that Mesut Ozil is the top earner at Arsenal with his £350k a week wages pretty well publicised but some of the other players’ wages might also make you cringe.
This time last year there was no way either Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil were going to sign a new deal at Arsenal, no matter how desperate the Gunners were in getting them to stay.
The crooks of the matter were down to success and, as usual, money with both players believing that they deserved to be on the top dollar that other elite players in the Premier League were on.
Sanchez was eventually moved on to Manchester United, to earn somewhere between £350k a week and £4 million a second depending which ‘report’ you believe, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way and with Sanchez’s wages out of the way the Gunners were able to hand Ozil a new £350k a week deal.
That hasn’t exactly proven to be the shrewdest of moves with the German out of favour at the Emirates with Unai Emery but he might not be the only one earning his wage at the club.
According to Spotrac these are Arsenal’s wages:
The top 12 earners at Arsenal. Image: Spotrac
The bottom half of Arsenal’s wages. Images: Spotrac
Sead Kolasinac’s £120k a week would probably be the biggest surprise to fans of the club but the Bosnian was a free transfer from Schalke and they always come with a bigger wage.
Equally Aaron Ramsey wouldn’t necessarily earn £170k a week but that’s what he’ll reportedly earn at Juventus should he move there next season on a free, a long with the big bonus he’ll probably be given by the Old Lady.
Some Arsenal fans might be a little disappointed with some of the wages but they actually look pretty decent for a top side, in fact one might argue that not paying enough is why they haven’t attracted bigger names, that and no longer being a top four side.
Arsenal’s loss to West Ham on Saturday coupled with Manchester United’s win against Spurs means the Gunners are now only level on points with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team but Emery has no money to spend in January.
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