When Arsene Wenger helped to draw up the plan for a new 61,000 seater Emirates Stadium, the Frenchman was certain that it would be a big financial boost for the club. While knowing that at first they wouldn’t be profiting right away, if everything was done properly, Arsenal would have a bright financial future.
After all the critics gave Arsene Wenger and the board a hard time for being frugal, myself included, we are now seeing that while it took some time to build a consistent and competitive squad, those hard times may have been worthy of some memorable moments in the future. Although I didn’t appreciate having to watch the likes of Denilson, Djourou, and many others who nearly gave me an anxiety attack more often than not, over the last few years Arsenal have really established themselves financially, while other clubs will struggle to compete on the pitch as well as financially while trying to figure out where and when to build a new stadium, or renovate their existing one.
According to the latest report released by Deloitte, Arsenal brought in more match-day revenue than any other European club. I had to look at the list twice, actually maybe three times, but the Gunners have topped the Financial Match-Day League Table. Given their fan base and the size of their stadium, I would have expected a club like Real Madrid (Bernabeu – 81,044) or even Barcelona (Camp Nou – 99,394), maybe even Bayern Munich (Allianz Arena – 75,025), but Arsenal? Really?
As I said, that’s quite impressive considering the Emirates only seats 61,000, nearly 20,000 – 30,000 difference from the two Spanish giants. Better yet, Old Trafford, which is considered the Theater of Dreams, and is literally that with Van Gaal’s breathtaking football, seats 75,635.
- Arsenal (£101.84m)
- Real Madrid (£100.12m)
- Barcelona (£90.17m)
- Manchester United (£87.96m)
- Chelsea (£71.84m)
There is your top five, and as I mentioned before, very surprised to not even see Bayern Munich on that list.
With that large amount of revenue, Arsenal also surpassed Chelsea on the 2014-15 total revenue chart, proving that all of London is RED, not just North London! Tough luck for Spu*s, as they find themselves behind Arsenal yet again!
Chelsea won the Premier League in 2014/15 but off-pitch have been usurped by Arsenal as the top London club in the Money League for the first time since 2009/10, swapping places between seventh and eight position.
Arsenal benefitted from the first year of its new kit sponsorship deal with Puma to drive impressive commercial revenue growth of 34%, and its match-day revenue was the highest of any club in the Money League, and nearly £30m greater than Chelsea’s.
– Dan Jones (Partner at Deloitte)