Arsenal are getting the most bang for their buck after the Premier League wage bill was revealed.
The Gunners are currently top of the table, but spend less than half on wages than Manchester United and Chelsea.
Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea are spending the most on wages this season but are in the midst of a miserable season and sit 10th in the Premier League.
Mikel Arteta leads his former mentor Pep Guardiola in the title race this year by five points, while Manchester City are also spending big on wages.
The two teams are the only ones truly in the title race with United 16 points behind Arsenal with 11 games remaining.
And the Emirates outfit do so without dipping too much into their pockets to shell out wages, spending just under £98m on wages each year, according to the Mirror.
It is the sixth highest number in the Premier League, less than Liverpool and Tottenham as well.
The exact number sits at £97,878,000, more than half of Chelsea’s mammoth total of £212,090,000.
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Arsenal’s biggest earners are Gabriel Jesus on £265,000 a week and Thomas Partey on £200,000 a week – the only two players on £200,000 a week or more.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has the second highest salary at £150,000 a week.
And it’s a million miles from Chelsea, who have five players earning £200,000-a-week or more – Raheem Sterling (£325,000-a-week), Kalidou Koulibaly (£295,000-a-week), N’Golo Kante ( £290,000 per week), Reece James (£250,000 per week) and Wesley Fofana (£200,000 per week).
United are the second biggest spenders on wages, shelling out £211,875,000 a year, which is also more than double the amount of Arsenal.
City are third on £182,640,000 a year, followed by Liverpool on £158,788,000 a year.
Tottenham spend even more than Arsenal, handing out £110,438,000 a year, nearly £13m more than their arch-rivals.
On the opposite end of the table, Brighton and Brentford are currently spending the least – which makes their seasons even more incredible given how they are fighting for European places.
Bees are the lowest, spending just £30,170,000 a year on wages, followed by Brighton at £35,685,000 a year.
Just below Arsenal in the spending list are Aston Villa and Everton, with £89,880,000 and £80,707,000 respectively.
Both clubs employed England legends Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard at the start of the season, but neither survived as relegation form loomed, with Unai Emery and Sean Dyche since arriving trying to put out the fire .
Premier League wage bill:
Chelsea – £212,090,000
Manchester United – £211,875,000
Manchester City – £182,640,000
Liverpool – £158,788,000
Tottenham – £110,438,000
Arsenal – £97,878,000
Villa Aston – £89,880,000
Everton – £80,707,000
West Ham – £80,060,000
Newcastle – £76,220,000
Leicester – £73,190,000
Crystal Palace – £67,624,000
Nottingham Forest – £67,460,000
Fulham – £56,668,000
Wolves – £52,702,000
Southampton – £51,496,000
Leeds United – £48,100,000
Bournemouth – £42,276,000
Brighton – £35,685,000
Brentford – £30,170,000