How Arsenal are beating Real Madrid on the football rich list

The Gunners are shooting ahead of their rivals when it comes to matchdays.

Arsenal Emirates Stadium
The Emirates This former Arsenal man never did anything quite like this. Image Picture Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Forget about Real Madrid and Barcelona. When it comes to football’s big earners on match days nobody can top Arsenal.

According to new figures released by Deloitte, the Gunners’ total Emirates game-day revenue for the 2014-15 season was a staggering £101.84 million. That narrowly beats Real Madrid’s £100.12 million and the £90.17 million banked by Barcelona last term.

Further down the list Manchester United earned £87.96 million from Old Trafford games, while Chelsea made £71.84 million thanks to matches at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal’s surge up the earnings table has seen them eclipse London rivals Chelsea and Liverpool in the league table for total revenues – which encompasses money from broadcasting rights and commercial earnings.

Heavy hitters Real Madrid and Barcelona are still sitting atop that particular money pit, with Manchester United close behind thanks to their solid commercial performance.

The top ten football clubs on Deloitte’s new rich list are…

1. Real Madrid – £444.5 million
2. Barcelona – £432.1 million
3. Manchester United – £400.3 million
4. Paris Saint-Germain – £370.4 million
5. Bayern Munich – £365.2 million
6. Manchester City – £357 million
7. Arsenal – £335.5 million
8. Chelsea – £323.4 million
9. Liverpool – £301.7 million
10. Juventus – £249.4 million

Will Arsenal’s new match day riches lead the usually thrifty Arsene Wenger to fork out again in the transfer window?

Olivier Giroud in action for Arsenal in the Premier League

The Gunners boss has already snapped up Basel’s Egyptian star Mohamed Elneny – and that might be it for their January transfer plans, bar an “exceptional case”.

“You will certainly over the next ten days have some work to do, but not especially with Arsenal,” Wenger told reporters at his latest press conference.

“We are always open to the exceptional cases. At the moment I expect our last ten days of the window to be quiet.”

If by “exceptional” he’s talking about another Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez, then brace yourselves for a busy final few days of January. That bank-shattering £30 million plus signing might Arsenal fans crave might be in their sights yet.

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