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Post by Jason Morrison on Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:00 pm

"Last February, I gave estimated figures of
Arsenal’s wage bill, citing the huge amount
of money Wenger had wasted on (a) flops,
and (b) overpaid youngsters he couldn’t get
off the wage bill.

My overall assessment was that, contrary to
popular opinion, Arsenal’s failure to
compete with the heavy spenders in the
Premier League has nothing to do with how
much money is available for Wenger to
spend, rather how he chooses to spend the
considerable resources made available to
him.

Yet, while the sum total of my wage bill
estimate added up mathematically, the
breakdown lacked accuracy and I’ve long
been meaning to perfect it. So, armed with
further information - and recent access to
Arsenal’s full-year accounts, the below
update should be a little more accurate an
estimate of how Arsenal’s current £143.4m
wage bill is made up.

FIRST TEAM WAGE (pwk) WAGE (p/yr)
Lukas Podolski £107,000 £5,564,000
Tomas Rosicky £80,000 £4,160,000
Per Mertesacker £80,000 £4,160,000
Andrey Arshavin £78,000 £4,056,000
Santi Carzorla £70,000 £3,640,000
Mikel Arteta £70,000 £3,640,000
Thomas Vermaelen £70,000 £3,640,000
Theo Walcott £60,000 £3,120,000
Olivier Giroud £60,000 £3,120,000
Gervinho £60,000 £3,120,000
Bacary Sagna £60,000 £3,120,000
Marouane Chamakh £60,000 £3,120,000
Andre Santos £60,000 £3,120,000
Jack Wilshere £60,000 £3,120,000
Abou Diaby £60,000 £3,120,000
Denilson £60,000 £3,120,000
Laurent Koscielny £60,000 £3,120,000
Johan Djourou £50,000 £2,600,000
Kieran Gibbs £50,000 £2,600,000
Nicklas Bendtner £50,000 £2,600,000
Sebastien Squillaci £50,000 £2,600,000
Aaron Ramsey £50,000 £2,600,000
Wojciech Szczesny £50,000 £2,600,000
Lukasz Fabianski £50,000 £2,600,000
Ju Young Park £50,000 £2,600,000
Vito Mannone £30,000 £1,560,000
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain £30,000 £1,560,000
Carl Jenkinson £30,000 £1,560,000
Emmanuel Frimpong £30,000 £1,560,000
Francis Coquelin £30,000 £1,560,000
Ryo Miyaichi £18,000 £936,000
Ignasi Miquel £10,000 £520,000
Joel Campbell £10,000 £520,000
£90,636,000
RESERVES
Alex Iwobi £750 £39,000
Alfred Mugabo £750 £39,000
Anthony Jeffrey £750 £39,000
Arinse Uade £750 £39,000
Austin Lipman £750 £39,000
Benik Afobe £750 £39,000
Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill £750 £39,000
Chuba Akpom £750 £39,000
Chuks Aneke £750 £39,000
Conor Henderson £750 £39,000
Craig Eastmond £750 £39,000
Damian Martinez £750 £39,000
Daniel Boateng £750 £39,000
Deyan Iliev £750 £39,000
Elton Monteiro £750 £39,000
Glen Kamara £750 £39,000
Hector Bellerin £750 £39,000
Nicholas Yennaris £750 £39,000
Isaac Hayden £750 £39,000
Jack Jebb £750 £39,000
James Shea £750 £39,000
Jernade Meade £750 £39,000
Jon Toral £750 £39,000
Jordan Wynter £750 £39,000
Josh Rees £750 £39,000
Josh Vickers £750 £39,000
Kristoffer Olsson £750 £39,000
Kyle Ebecilio £750 £39,000
Leander Siemann £750 £39,000
Martin Angha £750 £39,000
Nigel Neita £750 £39,000
Philip Roberts £750 £39,000
Reice Charles-Cook £750 £39,000
Samir Bihmoutine £750 £39,000
Samuel Galindo £750 £39,000
Sanchez Watt £750 £39,000
Sead Hajrovic £750 £39,000
Serge Gnabry £750 £39,000
Tarum Dawkins £750 £39,000
Thoma Eisfeld £750 £39,000
Tom Dallison £750 £39,000
Wellington £750 £39,000
Zachari Fagan £750 £39,000
Zak Ansah £750 £39,000
£1,716,000
FIRST TEAM STAFF
Manager
Arsène Wenger £135,000 £7,020,000
Assistant to Manager
Boro Primorac £7,500 £390,000
Steve Bould £5,000 £260,000
Coach
Gerry Peyton £1,300 £67,600
Neil Banfield £1,300 £67,600
Tony Colbert £1,300 £67,600
Tony Roberts £1,300 £67,600
Paul Johnson £1,000 £52,000
Marcus Svensson £1,000 £52,000
James Collins £1,000 £52,000
Ben Knapper £1,000 £52,000
David Wales £1,000 £52,000
Physio/Medical
Colin Lewin £1,000 £52,000
Gary O'Driscoll £1,000 £52,000
Simon Harland £1,000 £52,000
Kieran Hunt £1,000 £52,000
Darren Page £1,000 £52,000
Danny Flitter £1,000 £52,000
Kit
Vic Akers £600 £31,200
Paul Akers £600 £31,200
Scouting
Steve Rowley (Chief) £1,000 £52,000
Gilles Grimandi £600 £31,200
Tony Banfield £600 £31,200
Danny Karbassiyoon £600 £31,200
Sandro Orlandelli £600 £31,200
Pablo Budner £600 £31,200
Everton Gushiken £600 £31,200
Bobby Bennett £600 £31,200
Francis Cagigao £600 £31,200
Jurgen Kost £600 £31,200
Peter Clarke £600 £31,200
£8,938,800
RESERVES STAFF
Liam Brady £3,200 £166,400
David Court £1,000 £52,000
Roy Massey £1,000 £52,000
Terry Burton £1,000 £52,000
Steve Gatting £1,000 £52,000
Lee Smelt £1,000 £52,000
Carl Laraman £1,000 £52,000
Steve Leonard £1,000 £52,000
Craig Gant £1,000 £52,000
Dennis Rockall £1,000 £52,000
Lewis Manning £1,000 £52,000
Richard Goddard £1,000 £52,000
Alastair Thrush £1,000 £52,000
Kwame Ampadu £1,000 £52,000
£842,400
BOARD
Ivan Gazidis £39,423 £2,049,996
Ken Friar OBE £10,980 £570,960
Peter Hill-Wood £1,500 £67,000
Stanley Kroenke £481 £25,000
Sir Chips Keswick £480 £24,960
£2,737,916

OTHER COSTS
Pension/social security £387,500 £20,150,000
Player bonus pool £192,307 £10,000,000
Peripheral staff £160,000 £8,320,000
Total £2,756,771 £143,341,116

(Note to other websites: please link to this
weblog rather than publish salary statistics
as the figures are being constantly revised)

The wage bill has risen by 19% from last
season and is currently only £19m less
than Manchester United’s and £25m behind
Chelsea. All clubs trail behind Manchester
City, although just because Man City have a
wage bill of £174m doesn’t mean you need
a wage bill of £174m to compete for the
Premier League.

Money will get you so far in competing for
the Premier League, but paying ridiculously
over-inflated salaries to beat off the
competition is not necessarily a true
reflection of a squad’s overall ability or the
ultimate route to success. The missing link
is a management team’s ability to convert
that financial outlay into trophies.

Basically, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal
have much fewer resources than Man City,
but still have more than enough to field a
world class first team + bench that is
capable of outstripping the rest of the
Premier League and winning consistently
enough to mount a title challenge.
This notion can be further assessed by
looking at the spend of a team such as
Tottenham, who competed with Arsenal for
a place in the top four despite spending
£30m less in wages, while Newcastle
finished just 5 points behind Arsenal
despite spending £110m less in wages! The
Northern club has halved its wage bill from
£74m to £34m over the past two seasons,
yet still managed a top four challenge.

If Newcastle can compete with Arsenal
notwithstanding a £110m wage deficit, why
can’t Arsenal compete with Man City,
Chelsea or Man Utd for the title when the
wage gap, in relative terms, is far smaller?
This evidence re-establishes the fact that
Wenger’s inability to challenge for the title
has little to do with being unable to
compete financially, but everything to do
with inefficient wage spend allied to poor
player purchases and rank bad
management.

Based on my salary estimates above, we
can better view Wenger’s horrendous cash
wastage by examining the salary spend on
the following distinctly average players over
a 4-year period.

Vito Mannone £6.2m
Kieran Gibbs = £10.4m
Ju Young Park = £10.4m
Wojciech Szczesny = £10.4m
Lukasz Fabianski = £10.4m
Aaron Ramsey £10.4m
Johan Djourou £10.4m
Sebastien Squillaci = £10.4m
Nicklas Bendtner = £10.4m
Denilson £12.4m
Abou Diaby £12.4m
Andre Santos £12.4m
Marouane Chamakh = £12.4m

From that list, Wenger has, or will have by
the time their contracts expire, blown
£139.3m on wages. Add another £24.6m in
transfer fees = a total expenditure of
£163.9m. In fact, the cost is actually
considerably higher as some of those
players have been at the club far longer
than 4 years - up to 7 in some cases.

Some might bemoan my choice of targets to
pick on, but it would only make for worse
reading if I chose to include some of
Wenger’s other grave disappointments such
as Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin. Many
might want to add a prize dud like Gervinho
to the list, or judging by Arsenal’s abysmal
defending, Mertesacker, Vermaelen or
Koscielny.

The jury’s also out on new signings Giroud
and Podolski, who so-far have only 3 goals
between them in 10 Premier league games.
Early days, but that £24m outlay doesn’t
look like coming good either.

The players mentioned in the above two
paragraphs have cost the club a further
£86m in transfer fees, and over a 4-year
contract Arsenal has either spent, or is
committed to spending, at least £119.6m in
wages on those players.

The question is, how many of these Wenger
purchases have proven to be the absolute
top quality required to sustain a title
challenge or compete for the Champions
League? The total expenditure on wages
and salaries for all of the above players
combined amounts, or will do by the time
their contracts expire, to £369,500,000.
Sorry, but the idea that Arsenal is a club
unable to compete due to lack of finances is
utterly preposterous.

Now that we can take Wenger’s resources
out of the equation, we can focus on the
real reasons Arsenal has been unable to
challenge for trophies going on 8 years,
such as the obscene amounts of money
Wenger wastes on average players, his total
failure to coach defence, fundamentally
flawed tactics and clear inability to motivate
the squad"

http://arsenaltruth.squarespace.com/arsenal-truth/2012/11/4/arsenals-1434m-wage-bill-exposed.html

Can't say how accurate this is but it's a great break down of everyone at the clubs' wages and also how ridiculous our wage structure is and indeed emphasises how much of our resources is absolutely wasted with little or no return whatsoever.

How a professor of economics has let it come to this I will never understand, so much average players on ridiculous wages and it's really sad to see how much we're paying our "promising" youngsters when they've not even done anything for the club yet with some not even having played a full season as a regular with us. Our wage structure is in need of a massive overhaul just as this Arsenal team and club possibly is as well.

Right now we're mid table quality with premier league challengers wages, or possibly just really badly underperforming as in the past we've always had atleast that 1or 2 world class player who would make the difference like cesc and rvp last season when this season we have none at all. and as a side note, I ain't even mad at RVP anymore, his move has fully been justified as right now we're a sinking ship.
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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:40 pm

Vito Mannone £6.2m
Kieran Gibbs = £10.4m
Ju Young Park = £10.4m
Wojciech Szczesny = £10.4m
Lukasz Fabianski = £10.4m
Aaron Ramsey £10.4m
Johan Djourou £10.4m
Sebastien Squillaci = £10.4m
Nicklas Bendtner = £10.4m
Denilson £12.4m
Abou Diaby £12.4m
Andre Santos £12.4m
Marouane Chamakh = £12.4m

Don't why this guy's mad about Gibbs', Szczesny's, Ramsey's, and Diaby's salaries. Gibbs and Szczesny are above-average players in my opinion, Ramsey is still pretty young and not as bad as everyone says, and none of us knew that Diaby was going to become a permanent absentee from the roster due to injuries.

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Post by Darcy Gorman on Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:52 pm

It's an interesting break down sure, and may be a fair indication of what SOME of the first team are on, but this guy is 'estimating' every employees salaries based on our published wage bill? I would not give those estimates one ounce of credibility, he's simply guessed what he thinks people are on. You or I could do that to similar effect using the squad in FIFA.

Are you telling me that Steve Rowley, our chief scout, is on 52k a year?! Wouldn't have thought.

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:24 pm

With a wage bill that high you would have thought with the ideas of we are fantastic with our money management would be to drop the dead wood straight out of club

From the first team I can think of no end of players to drop....and is it really needed to have that many players in reserve??? 44 players seams abit excessive to me..
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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:16 am

50 a week for Ramsey? If that's true, it's simply unacceptable.

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Post by ralph avedikian on Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:56 am

I am not sure about these numbers. Ju young park on 50k?? And I remember that Arteta cut his wages to sign for us. Surely he wasn't on 80k at Everton?

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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:36 am

And I doubt our medical staff makes only 50K a year...

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Post by Michael Foster on Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:38 am

ralph avedikian wrote:I am not sure about these numbers. Ju young park on 50k?? And I remember that Arteta cut his wages to sign for us. Surely he wasn't on 80k at Everton?

The park contract is correct...and if memory serves me well..arteta was on 75k...
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Post by John Foxall on Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:13 am

ralph avedikian wrote:I am not sure about these numbers. Ju young park on 50k?? And I remember that Arteta cut his wages to sign for us. Surely he wasn't on 80k at Everton?

At the time Arteta was Everton's highest ever paid player, it may indeed have been £80,000 if I remember correctly.

The Denilson, Bendtner wages make my eyes bleed. Such stupidity, such waste on players who had barely proved anything.

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Post by John Foxall on Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:14 am

Even the Podolski money is ridiculous. He will never contribute enough to be one of our highest earners ever.

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Post by Darcy Gorman on Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:50 am

I don't know why everyone is taking these numbers as gospel?!

They've been made up! The only figure you can be sure about is the total wage bill, provided that reconciles with what's in our published accounts (I haven't looked but I presume it would).

As Hisham said, Colin Lewin is on 52k a year? That would be below the median income in the UK for a physio!


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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:05 am

I'm almost entirely sure that Podolski isn't our highest earner, a physio for one of the biggest clubs in Europe must make a good deal of money, the Board figures are ridiculous (Hill-Wood and Kroenke only earning five figures?), and the scouts and coaches surely earn more than listed. I would take these numbers about as seriously as a Michael Bay movie.

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Post by Jason Morrison on Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:17 pm

Well guys no one one will ever know 100% the true figures unless they're from within the club and yes we should take this with a pinch of salt but the fact remains that our TOTAL wage bill is 143mil a year! Just +/-20mill off man united and chelsea, so WHY are we so much more terrible?? We're more than 100mil more than Newcastle and almost double spurs, both teams who look better than us, not to mention Everton who probably have a lowish wage bill as well. We don't even have a single world class player anymore, I love santi and jack(probably on paper our best 2 players) but right now we're not seeing much from either of them so we can't label them as world class.

You might say ok the club doctor, etc should be higher? It probably won't be that much higher though, atleast not anywhere close to what the (AVERAGE, oh so many AVERAGE) players earn. I think the 1st team players and manager at the very least are more or less correct give or take 10k or so. Which still puts most of them on ridiculous wages for what they offer us on the pitch.
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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:47 pm

Jason Morrison wrote:Well guys no one one will ever know 100% the true figures unless they're from within the club and yes we should take this with a pinch of salt but the fact remains that our TOTAL wage bill is 143mil a year! Just +/-20mill off man united and chelsea, so WHY are we so much more terrible?? We're more than 100mil more than Newcastle and almost double spurs, both teams who look better than us, not to mention Everton who probably have a lowish wage bill as well. We don't even have a single world class player anymore, I love santi and jack(probably on paper our best 2 players) but right now we're not seeing much from either of them so we can't label them as world class.

You might say ok the club doctor, etc should be higher? It probably won't be that much higher though, atleast not anywhere close to what the (AVERAGE, oh so many AVERAGE) players earn. I think the 1st team players and manager at the very least are more or less correct give or take 10k or so. Which still puts most of them on ridiculous wages for what they offer us on the pitch.

Quite frankly, you're too concerned with this world class label. Wilshere and Cazorla are fantastic players, but Cazorla has been playing nonstop since the beginning of the season, and Jack is still trying to hit the ground running after being out of action for over a year. The problem with the squad is a consequential amount of fatigue due to a lack of depth and no driving force within the team. The driving force is the real problem though. For some reason, our boys just don't display the motivation to win like every team above us seems to, and no one wants to take charge on the field and yell at his teammates to get it together (I will never understand how Vermaelen got the armband, he must've bought Wenger the biggest box of Russell Stover chocolates over the summer). United, in all honesty, maybe has two or three "world class" players - van Persie, Rooney, and I'll leave the last one to a vote - and they have a 3-point lead at the top. Whether or not commentators are raving about our players individually has nothing to do with our team's poor form. On paper, they are some of the best players in Europe.

About the salaries. Next month, I see Chamakh, Arshavin, and Bendtner all leaving. That empties up a good chunk of wages right there. Denilson is on loan anyway, but hopefully Wenger will find someone who actually wants him on a permanent basis at the end of the season. We're stuck with Squillaci, but he's only got a year or two left in him, probably. To complain about anyone else's wages is silly. 60K a week for Ramsey, Walcott, and Diaby is far from the end of the world, and I doubt our highest earner makes more than 90K. I believe everyone deserves the wages they're getting, if the article is to be even slightly taken seriously. Especially when you remember that United, City, and Chelsea have people on more than double what some of our players are getting. Just because we're in bad shape 15 GAMES INTO THE SEASON doesn't mean our players suddenly should be viewed as Championship-level players. The majority of these guys still represent their countries during international breaks, and I think it's ludicrous and quite fickle to be complaining about our team's salaries.

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Post by Meshaal on Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:36 pm

Demba Ba.

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Post by Michael Foster on Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:01 am

Meshaal wrote:Demba Ba.

Hopefully true....
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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:38 am

Michael Foster wrote:
Meshaal wrote:Demba Ba.

Hopefully true....

Hell, I'd start him over Giroud.

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Post by Jason Morrison on Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:42 am

Hisham El Mawan wrote:
Jason Morrison wrote:Well guys no one one will ever know 100% the true figures unless they're from within the club and yes we should take this with a pinch of salt but the fact remains that our TOTAL wage bill is 143mil a year! Just +/-20mill off man united and chelsea, so WHY are we so much more terrible?? We're more than 100mil more than Newcastle and almost double spurs, both teams who look better than us, not to mention Everton who probably have a lowish wage bill as well. We don't even have a single world class player anymore, I love santi and jack(probably on paper our best 2 players) but right now we're not seeing much from either of them so we can't label them as world class.

You might say ok the club doctor, etc should be higher? It probably won't be that much higher though, atleast not anywhere close to what the (AVERAGE, oh so many AVERAGE) players earn. I think the 1st team players and manager at the very least are more or less correct give or take 10k or so. Which still puts most of them on ridiculous wages for what they offer us on the pitch.

Quite frankly, you're too concerned with this world class label. Wilshere and Cazorla are fantastic players, but Cazorla has been playing nonstop since the beginning of the season, and Jack is still trying to hit the ground running after being out of action for over a year. The problem with the squad is a consequential amount of fatigue due to a lack of depth and no driving force within the team. The driving force is the real problem though. For some reason, our boys just don't display the motivation to win like every team above us seems to, and no one wants to take charge on the field and yell at his teammates to get it together (I will never understand how Vermaelen got the armband, he must've bought Wenger the biggest box of Russell Stover chocolates over the summer). United, in all honesty, maybe has two or three "world class" players - van Persie, Rooney, and I'll leave the last one to a vote - and they have a 3-point lead at the top. Whether or not commentators are raving about our players individually has nothing to do with our team's poor form. On paper, they are some of the best players in Europe.

About the salaries. Next month, I see Chamakh, Arshavin, and Bendtner all leaving. That empties up a good chunk of wages right there. Denilson is on loan anyway, but hopefully Wenger will find someone who actually wants him on a permanent basis at the end of the season. We're stuck with Squillaci, but he's only got a year or two left in him, probably. To complain about anyone else's wages is silly. 60K a week for Ramsey, Walcott, and Diaby is far from the end of the world, and I doubt our highest earner makes more than 90K. I believe everyone deserves the wages they're getting, if the article is to be even slightly taken seriously. Especially when you remember that United, City, and Chelsea have people on more than double what some of our players are getting. Just because we're in bad shape 15 GAMES INTO THE SEASON doesn't mean our players suddenly should be viewed as Championship-level players. The majority of these guys still represent their countries during international breaks, and I think it's ludicrous and quite fickle to be complaining about our team's salaries.

Don't buy the fatigue excuse, no professiinal player should be fitigues after only 20 games. We've never been fitigues by november before so why are we now?
About Vermaelen I absolutely agree, but no one could have forseen him being such an awful captain considering his drive on his 1st season with us.

and what clb is gonna be crazy enough to match Chamakh, bentdner and arshavin's salaries? No onw would pay them that even if we released them for free, which we'd never do. We're not losing any of them until their contracts expire with us.
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Post by Hisham El Mawan on Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:55 am

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Jason Morrison wrote:Well guys no one one will ever know 100% the true figures unless they're from within the club and yes we should take this with a pinch of salt but the fact remains that our TOTAL wage bill is 143mil a year! Just +/-20mill off man united and chelsea, so WHY are we so much more terrible?? We're more than 100mil more than Newcastle and almost double spurs, both teams who look better than us, not to mention Everton who probably have a lowish wage bill as well. We don't even have a single world class player anymore, I love santi and jack(probably on paper our best 2 players) but right now we're not seeing much from either of them so we can't label them as world class.

You might say ok the club doctor, etc should be higher? It probably won't be that much higher though, atleast not anywhere close to what the (AVERAGE, oh so many AVERAGE) players earn. I think the 1st team players and manager at the very least are more or less correct give or take 10k or so. Which still puts most of them on ridiculous wages for what they offer us on the pitch.

Quite frankly, you're too concerned with this world class label. Wilshere and Cazorla are fantastic players, but Cazorla has been playing nonstop since the beginning of the season, and Jack is still trying to hit the ground running after being out of action for over a year. The problem with the squad is a consequential amount of fatigue due to a lack of depth and no driving force within the team. The driving force is the real problem though. For some reason, our boys just don't display the motivation to win like every team above us seems to, and no one wants to take charge on the field and yell at his teammates to get it together (I will never understand how Vermaelen got the armband, he must've bought Wenger the biggest box of Russell Stover chocolates over the summer). United, in all honesty, maybe has two or three "world class" players - van Persie, Rooney, and I'll leave the last one to a vote - and they have a 3-point lead at the top. Whether or not commentators are raving about our players individually has nothing to do with our team's poor form. On paper, they are some of the best players in Europe.

About the salaries. Next month, I see Chamakh, Arshavin, and Bendtner all leaving. That empties up a good chunk of wages right there. Denilson is on loan anyway, but hopefully Wenger will find someone who actually wants him on a permanent basis at the end of the season. We're stuck with Squillaci, but he's only got a year or two left in him, probably. To complain about anyone else's wages is silly. 60K a week for Ramsey, Walcott, and Diaby is far from the end of the world, and I doubt our highest earner makes more than 90K. I believe everyone deserves the wages they're getting, if the article is to be even slightly taken seriously. Especially when you remember that United, City, and Chelsea have people on more than double what some of our players are getting. Just because we're in bad shape 15 GAMES INTO THE SEASON doesn't mean our players suddenly should be viewed as Championship-level players. The majority of these guys still represent their countries during international breaks, and I think it's ludicrous and quite fickle to be complaining about our team's salaries.

Don't buy the fatigue excuse, no professiinal player should be fitigues after only 20 games. We've never been fitigues by november before so why are we now?
About Vermaelen I absolutely agree, but no one could have forseen him being such an awful captain considering his drive on his 1st season with us.

and what clb is gonna be crazy enough to match Chamakh, bentdner and arshavin's salaries? No onw would pay them that even if we released them for free, which we'd never do. We're not losing any of them until their contracts expire with us.

20 games is a lot of games to play, especially at the rate we've been playing and in a different and tougher league.

And I think at this rate, Chamakh, Bendtner, and Arshavin would all take pay cuts to consistently play. And there are plenty of teams who would match those wages.

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Post by John Foxall on Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:37 am

Given that he can barely organize himself, let alone a team, I'm not too surprised that Vermaelen doesn't make a special captain. Forget all these Verminator clichés, he's an average defender.

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