Money plays an important role in English football, and it is one reason the likes of Manchester City have risen from nowhere to become one of the most successful clubs in the competition in the last decade.
Newcastle United is the latest side with owners who seem to have deep pockets, and they are beating top clubs to add world-class talents to their squad.
Arsenal is having a better season than anyone else in the competition, and the London side is also proving spending money is not all that matters.
The Gunners have added some new men to their squad in the last few transfer windows and have spent a good amount of money, but Mikel Arteta’s side is only sixth on the table of top wage payers in the competition.
Arsenal once made Mesut Ozil one of the highest-paid players in England, and the German became a flop almost immediately. They also did the same thing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the Gabon star also struggled.
They have since restructured their wages and do not spend so much, yet they are having a great season, which shows money is not everything.
In this article, we consider the top wage payers in the Premier League, as reported by The Sun. On the table, Chelsea has the biggest wage bill in England as they pay £212m to their players and staff annually.
Behind the Blues on the list is Manchester United, who pay £211m per annum, while Manchester City came third as they spend £182m. Liverpool (£158m.), Tottenham (£110m), and Arsenal (£97m) complete the top six. Others are:
Aston Villa – £89m
Everton – £80m
West Ham – £80m
Newcastle United – £76m
Leicester City – £73m
Crystal Palace – £67m
Nottingham Forest – £67m
Fulham – £56m
Wolves – £52m
Southampton – £51m
Leeds United – £48m
Bournemouth – 42m
Brighton – £35m
Brentford – £30m