Three years after I last provided an ESTIMATED analysis of Arsenal’s wage bill, I have now found time to update and, hopefully, considerably enhance it.
I think it’s important that supporters know where the money is being spent, especially at a club where the manager spends so much time bemoaning his resources.
Like last time, I need to remind readers that while some figures are taken directly from Arsenal’s most recent annual accounts, most of them are estimates. One also needs to take into consideration that a small percentage of players/staff will have left/joined the club – not all of which I am aware of, while certain costs pertaining to bonuses/social security/pensions are subject to variances I cannot possibly account for as an outsider looking in.
Naturally, the wage bill at a huge club like Arsenal, with so many employees, is in a state of continual flux, therefore this estimate needs to be treated as an educated snapshot rather than a 100% accurate analysis.
There have been newspaper reports that Arsenal’s wage budget now stands at £180m+, but with no tangible evidence of that I can only create an estimate based on the latest 'known' wage bill, reported at approximately £166m. This could change considerably over the coming months with various players coming and going. Either way, however, I believe this estimate is certainly accurate enough to define the overall wage architecture at Arsenal, and is without doubt the most accurate analysis of Arsenal’s wage bill that you’re ever likely to find.
|FIRST TEAM||WAGE PWK||WAGE PA|
|Lukas Podolski (Loan)||£107,000||£5,564,000|
|Carl Jenkinson (Loan)||£20,000||£1,040,000|
|Yaya Sanogo (Loan)||£20,000||£1,040,000|
|Joel Campbell (Loan)||£15,000||£780,000|
|Ryo Miyaichi (Loan)||£15,000||£780,000|
|Jon Toral (Loan)||£1,000||£52,000|
|Wellington Silva (Loan)||£1,000||£52,000|
|Kristofer de Graca||£1,000||£52,000|
|Josh Vickers (Loan)||£1,000||£52,000|
|Natalia Pablos Sanchon||£318||£16,510|
|Ken Friar OBE||£10,980||£570,960|
|Sir Chips Keswick||£1,500||£78,000|
|Lord Harris of Peckham||£481||£25,000|
|SENIOR EXEC TEAM|
|Assistant to Manager|
|Andries Jonker (Academy Manager)||£1,500||£78,000|
|Steve Gatting (U21s Head)||£1,000||£52,000|
|Carl Laraman (U-21s)||£600||£31,200|
|Frans de Kat (U-18s Head)||£1,000||£52,000|
|Kwame Ampadu (U18s)||£600||£31,200|
|Jan van Loon (U16s Head)||£600||£31,200|
|Luke Hobbs (U-14s Head)||£600||£31,200|
|Ryan Garry (U-13s Head)||£600||£31,200|
|Steve Leonard (U12s Head)||£600||£31,200|
|Greg Lincoln (HFP Coach)||£600||£31,200|
|Gary O'Driscoll (Club Doctor)||£800||£41,600|
|Andrew Rolls (First Team Therapist)||£800||£41,600|
|Des Ryan (Sports Med & Ath Dev)||£800||£41,600|
|Steve Morrow (Head of Scouting)||£2,000||£104,000|
|Bob Arber (Senior Academy Scout)||£1,000||£52,000|
|Dennis Rockall (Res/Yth)||£1,000||£52,000|
|Clare Wheatley (General Manager)||£600||£31,200|
|Pedro Martinez Losa (Manager)||£600||£31,200|
|Social security costs||£360,080||£18,724,160|
|Player bonus pool||£289,575||£15,057,900|
Unlike three years ago, when I used the wage bill to demonstrate the enormous wastage that Wenger was hiding behind, this time I’m not going to bother. A lot has changed since then, and my views are pretty well known regarding my thoughts on why I think Wenger should be sacked or step down from his role.
Regarding contract expiries, Abou Diaby, Mattieu Flamini and third-choice goalkeeper Damian Martinez contracts all expire this summer. Personally, I expect all three to go, with Flamini being replaced by Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
Thomas Rosicky’s contract was also about to expire on 30 June, but the midfielder has just been handed a one-year contract extension.
Lukas Podolski, Ryo Myaichi and Theo Walcott’s contracts all expire next summer, therefore I expect Arsenal to look for buyers over the coming weeks, although Podolski has had a disastrous time on loan at Inter Milan and might be difficult to shift with his wages scaring off most suitors.
What with their age, Rosicky is likely to be kept on a rolling one-year contract, but with the emergence of Coquelin and plausible signing of Schneiderlin, Arteta - whose contract also expires in 2016 - now seems surplus to requirements.
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