With some outside assistance I've been able to cobble together an estimate of what Arsenal's current wage bill comprises of.
Naturally, without access to the books, there is a (large) element of guesswork here. For example - despite the obscene wages in some (most) instances, I found that £15m was still unaccounted for, so had to put that amount down as "OTHER STAFF". Remember there are scouts to pay and probably a few hundred other individuals apart from the playing and coaching staff that draw a salary at the Emirates.
Take a look dear reader, you may find it illuminating.
|FIRST TEAM||WAGE (pw/k)||WAGE (p/yr)|
|Robin van Persie||£90,000||£4,680,000|
|Ju Young Park||£40,000||£2,080,000|
|FIRST TEAM STAFF|
|Ken Friar OBE||£1,500||£78,000|
|Sir Chips Keswick||£500||£26,000|
|Lord Harris of Peckham||£500||£26,000|
My opinion is that the chief problem with the club has nothing to do with the amount of money spent, but rather who it's been spent on. The key word is, WASTAGE.
Take the following 15 players, all of which have completely failed to live up to expectations: Arshavin, Walcott, Almunia, Squillaci, Rosicky, Bendtner, Chamakh, Diaby, Denilson, Djourou, Fabianski, Traore, Park, Gibbs, Mannone.
Add up the wage expenditure of that lot from between the 1-5 years of their employment at Arsenal and you will find £184,000,000 has been thrown down the toilet and another £46,300,000 blown on transfer fees. Have they really been worth £230,300,000 of your money dear Gooner?
Club denying Wenger funds? Or is it ALL down to Wenger losing the plot and paying silly money/ludicrous wages for his ego trip - better know as "project youth" - and average players imbibed with bad tactics that he can no longer motivate or improve?
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