Top 10 Trending Arsenal’s Highest Earners at Emirates Stadium

February 6, 2015 6:38 pm
Under Arsenal have become generally famed for
relatively shrewd spending (with a few exceptions of course) and the
same goes for the wage structure. The Gunners are no Manchester United
when it comes to how much they pay their players but a recently revealed
wage breakdown still has a few surprises lurking in it. Find out who
earns the most money at the Emirates Stadium …

10. LUKAS PODOLSKI – £75,000

When you look at where Lukas Podolski stands in the Arsenal wage bill
you start to understand a little more of why he was loaned out to Inter
Milan. Of course the biggest question was actually why he wasn’t
getting any game time in the first place but I suppose if you’re not
going to ever get any use out of such an expensive investment it does
make sense to try and sell it on. Podolski’s loan contract at Inter
Milan does have the option to purchase at the end of the deal and should
that happen it would free up a lot of space on the Arsenal wage roster.

9. – £80,000

When you’re the official club captain you can expect to be hailed as
one of the higher earners at your club. Arriving in 2011 the Spaniard
has now made exactly 100 Premier League appearances but has been
sidelined for long periods recently. It would have cost the Gunners
quite a bit in wages to convince the former Everton man to join a
divisional rival of the Toffees and these recently revealed figures
confirm that!

8. – £80,000

Aaron Ramsey’s impressive form last season earned him a contract
extension in March 2014 tying him to the club until 2018. And given just
how well he was performing for the Gunners that probably would have
involved something of a pay-rise. His current wages of £80,000-a-week
put him level with club captain Mikel Arteta, but like his Spanish
midfield counterpart he has struggled with fitness again this season.

7. – £85,000

Tomas Rosicky is one of Arsenal longest standing current players
having joined the club in 2006 after an impressive display for his
country at the World Cup in Germany. The Czech midfielder often goes
under the radar at Arsenal considering his age and state of fitness in
recent years but he has demonstrated this season just how valuable he is
to the Gunners. Still the seventh highest earner at the club despite
big marquee signings of late he has more than earned his £85,000-a-week
contract after nine years of commitment to Arsenal.

6. – £90,000

Despite being photographed in a West Ham during his younger years,
Jack Wilshere continues to maintain that he is Mr. Arsenal. And his
wages are testament to what he means to the club with his brilliant
passing skills earning him transfer links with Barcelona in recent
years. His £90,000-a-week contract just goes to show what the Gunners
were prepared to offer him to keep him on the books as he continues in
his attempts to become the next big thing in English football.

5. – £90,000

Level with Wilshere is midfield maestro Santi Cazorla. The diminutive
Spaniard joined the club from Malaga in 2012 and was an instant hit.
Only on his second deal since his arrival Cazorla will earn
£90,000-a-week from the Gunners until 2016 but given his impressive
displays of late may find himself signing another extension before the
end of the season.

4. – £100,000

Injuries to Theo Walcott were clearly frustrating for Arsenal in two
ways. Firstly, not being able to deploy one of the fastest players in
Europe down the flanks is always going to be an annoying dilemma. But
when you’re paying that player £100,000-a-week all of that money becomes
a rather large wasted investment. Arsenal chiefs will be happy that
Walcott is back on the pitch again as they may finally start getting a
direct return on the big bucks they’re paying him.

3. – £100,000

We knew Olivier Giroud would be in the top ten but we didn’t think
that he’d be in the top three. The 28-year-old signed from Ligue 1 side
Montpelier in 2012 and they’re not exactly renowned for huge wage bills.
But it was Giroud’s most recent contract extension signed in September
2014 that saw his wages soar. An impressive campaign last year earned
the Frenchman a big pay rise amongst some interest (but not much) from
bigger European clubs.

2. – £140,000

And now we reach the big guns – and I’m sure nobody is surprised
here. Mesut Ozil’s signing in August 2013 seemed too good to be true for
Arsenal fans at the time and his arrival was the first time the Gunners
had really splashed the cash breaking their transfer record. The £40
million signing from Real Madrid would have enjoyed a lucrative deal at
the Bernabeu before arriving in London so it should be no surprise that
he’s on £140,000 at the Emirates.

1. – £140,000

And level with the former Real Madrid midfielder is, not
surprisingly, former Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez. Not only is he the
joint highest earner at the Emirates he is by far the most effective
contributor so far this season. Nobody would disagree with the statement
that every penny spent on keeping Sanchez at the club (which is
officially until 2018 on his current deal) is 100% worth it as he has 18
goals in 32 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners so far and
has created many more. And even if you think £140,000 is a lot of money
to pay a player – do bear in mind that Radamel Falcao is on double that
at Manchester United!

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