Date: 5th March 2012 at 3:00pm
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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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