As Arsenal prepare to face their great rivals Tottenham on Sunday there are certain questions that have arisen in the differences between the way the two clubs are run, especially as Spurs are currently ten points ahead of Arsenal and seemingly certain to reach the Champions League next year.
The big difference everyone noticed in the summer was that Spurs REFUSED to sell Luka Modric depite the Croatians obvious wish to leave, while Arsenal let Cesc Fabregas leave on the cheap to Barcelona.
Secondly, Arsenal are the third-richest club on the planet according to Forbes, but what the article didn’t mention is that Tottenham are 11th, with a turnover of around half of Arsenals ($179m against $336m)
Thirdly it was revealed last night that Arsenal pay out 40% more in wages than Tottenham, but it is obvious who has the better players right now. The Arsenal Supporters Trust spokesman Tim Payton said last night about Arsenal’s failure to win a trophy for the seventh successive season. He said: “But questions need to be asked. We had a summer profit of £50m on player trading, lots of money in the bank and figure out whether there was money to invest and where we might be going.
“Last year, there was a collapse on the four trophies then straight after there was a 6.5 per cent rise on top of the most expensive tickets in world football.
“A worry for next year for the fans is that next year they will be paying for Thursday night football rather than the Champions League they’ve been used to.
“We spend so much on wages. This year we’re going to spend 40 per cent more than Spurs, it’s £130m wage bill. Are we overpaying a lot of players that we then can’t move on.
“Our business model has fallen behind. Our sponsorship is not up for renewal until 2014. We can’t compete for the very best players.”
How come, with all the massive financial advantages that Arsenal have, Tottenham are ten points above us in the League?