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First things first, I would like to credit Arsenal News Review ( for the salary info used in this blog. Original piece found HERE.

I know a lot has been written over the past few weeks after the apparent leaking of the Arsenal wage bill, but I thought I’d add my two cents worth.

I know the following is a very simplistic view of the situation, but I hope you get the sentiment.

Following on (a bit) from my article last article, Arsene Wenger and the board have a decision to make and from the info below, that decision can be made a lot easier if the following pill was swallowed.

Below is listed the wages of the first team squad (taken from ANR):

First-team wages (p/wk) Wages (p/yr)
Robin van Persie £90,000 £4,680,000
Andrey Arshavin £80,000 £4,160,000
Mikel Arteta £80,000 £3,640,000
Theo Walcott £70,000 £3,640,000
Thomas Vermaelen £70,000 £3,640,000
Yossi Benayoun £70,000 £3,640,000
Gervinho £70,000 £3,640,000
Manuel Almunia £60,000 £3,120,000
Per Mertesacker £60,000 £3,120,000
Sebastien Squillaci £60,000 £3,120,000
Tomas Rosicky £60,000 £3,120,000
Bacary Sagna £60,000 £3,120,000
Aaron Ramsey £55,000 £2,860,000
Alex Song £55,000 £2,860,000
Jack Wilshere £55,000 £2,860,000
Nicklas Bendtner £52,000 £2,704,000
Marouane Chamakh £50,000 £2,600,000
Abou Diaby £50,000 £2,600,000
Andre Santos £50,000 £2,600,000
Carlos Vela £50,000 £2,600,000
Denilson £50,000 £2,600,000
Johan Djourou £50,000 £2,600,000
Laurent Koscielny £50,000 £2,600,000
Lukasz Fabianski £40,000 £2,080,000
Wojciech Szczesny £40,000 £2,080,000
Park Chu-Young £40,000 £2,080,000
Kieran Gibbs £40,000 £2,080,000
Vito Mannone £20,000 £1,040,000
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain £20,000 £1,040,000
Carl Jenkinson £20,000 £1,040,000
Emmanuel Frimpong £20,000 £1,040,000
Ryo Miyaichi £20,000 £1,040,000
Francis Coquelin £20,000 £1,040,000
Henri Lansbury £5,000 £260,000
Ignasi Miquel £5,000 £260,000

Save the club £20.5 million a year by selling/dumping the deadwood who frankly shouldn’t be earning any where near these salaries. I mean who in their right mind pays Squillaci £60,000-a-week!!!

Arshavin (£4,160,000), Almunia (£3,120,000), Squillaci (£3,120,000), Bendtner (£2,704,000), Chamakh (£2,600,000), Denilson (£2,600,000), Chu-Young (£2,080,000) come on now!

This would give the club an additional £400,000-a-week to spend on wages. By my reckoning, that gets RVP the rise he deserves and leaves £340,000-a-week for 2/3 bloody decent players, purchased from the £50 million-ish pot floating around. Plus, getting rid of the likes of Manuel, Squillaci, Denilson etc wouldn’t affect the team, except boost supporter morale.

TheSundayMorningGooner, Simples.

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  • D says:

    Since when did supporters become accountants and experts in running a football club? honestly, off the back of two great wins and with a good chance of leapfrogging the spuds, these negative articles are really disappointing to see.

  • Danish Gooner says:

    They are earning an absurd amount of money for not achieving anything.

  • Danish Gooner says:

    Arshavin,vela,denilson,bendtner,djourou(worst central defender since gus ceasar),squid,chamakh,Almunia,Abou babou,benayoun,walcott,Park total cash saved in one week 700 grand and you wouldnt miss them for 5 minutes.Promote Frimpong and lansbury and get Joel Campbell and Wellington and Miachi back and sign two or three quality players and Bobs your uncle.

  • zdzis says:

    One important issue: when you criticize the club for overpaying “deadwood,” do note the fact that these players have actually been as good when they came to Arsenal. Squillaci was a seasoned star defender at Sevilla, a side that shocked many with their performances in Europe in several seasons prior to his joining us. Chamakh was a star striker at Bordeaux. Park was a star striker at Monaco and a regular international for one of the more hard-working sides in international football. Diaby, Vela, Denilson, and Bendtner all signed their contracts while being promising prospects. How could we know they were going to turn all sour? Arshavin and Rosicky came in as relatively young stars. Only Almunia stands out as an obvious case of mismanagement – he never was good. It only shows that Wenger is very poor in assessing goalkeeping talent.
    The list in itself doesn’t exactly follow the kind of thwarted logic that some people associate with the Arsenal wage bill. You’re sure the numbers are right? Can Szczesny make as much as Fabianski already?
    Generally, it’s easy to bemoan mismanagement when you already know how it all turned out. Someone pointed out how people booed contract exptensions for “glass-ankled” RVP way back; you can hear this utter rubbish on and on. Who knows, maybe Diaby can actually learn to avoid injury like RVP did? Maybe Squillaci can toughen up and be that soldier-like stalwart of our defense? Sure, some people have to go, but in some cases the club’s judgment may actually be a trifle more informed than ours, don’t you think?

  • pontus says:

    These figures are taken out of the authors arse. I agree that we need to get rid of some players but these figures are not accurate.

  • Adam_MK says:

    LOL… This story is absolute rubbish. The players are not on wages anything like this. Ridiculous stuff, and if you believe it you’re as stupid as the author of this so called ‘article’

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